Professor Chris Whitty the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has threatened to quit.
This come over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to get people back to the office, which has been met with anger by Professor Whitty.
Despite the UK having the worst coronavirus death rate across Europe Johnson is still pushing for people to return to work with an attempt to recover the British economy.
Johnson warned on Tuesday that there will be “more of this wretched COVID still to come.” Despite coronavirus cases growing in England the Prime Minister claims that “huge numbers” of workers have now returned to offices.
Johnson said, “People are going back to the office in huge numbers across our country and quite right too.
“And though of course we know that there is still going to be more of this disease, this wretched COVID still to come, and although we know there will be more outbreaks, we are also absolutely confident that we are going to be able to deal with those outbreaks and bit by bit this incredible country is getting back on its feet and recovering from this crisis.”
It has been alleged that Professor Whitty has threatened to resign if the government continues to push people back to the office.
Various Cabinet sources are concerned that Whitty could resign if the government continues with the push back to the office, rather than opting for people to work from home.
He fears that this will cause damage to the government as the public will lose trust.
Department of Health source said that “Chris is not threatening to resign and hasn’t threatened to resign.”