Monday 23 March 2020 / 11:24 AM Coronavirus / Jonathan Ashworth

Labour calls on government to enforce stricter social distancing

Labour is today calling on the government to enforce stricter social distancing, amid concerns about public health messsaging and a lack of adequate medical equipment.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“Labour will continue to try to support the government’s response to the coronavirus emergency as best we can. But after another weekend of apparent public confusion and widespread non-compliance with ‘social distancing’, of grave scientific warnings and brave medical professionals talking of being sent to work like ‘lambs to the slaughter’ with inadequate protective equipment, something has to change.

“Other countries have taken further far reaching social distancing measures. We now call on the government to move to enforced social distancing and greater social protection as a matter of urgency.

“The Prime Minister must outline further necessary steps the government will now take to keep people safe, protect our NHS and save lives.”