A DOCTOR who worked at Ysbyty Gwynedd during the early part of the Covid-19 crisis has described Boris Johnson’s apology over lockdown drinks in the Downing Street garden as insulting.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan who lost her father to Covid in the pandemic, said she believes the Prime Minister’s situation is untenable.

The NHS doctor has recalled how she was sweating while working in full PPE around the same time as the event took place in May 2020

The doctor, who is currently on a clinical break and doing a PhD at Cambridge, was working at the hospital in Bangor in the early part of the Covid-19 crisis.

On Wednesday, Mr Johnson apologised in Parliament for attending the “bring your own booze” event, saying he went into the garden to thank staff for their efforts and stayed for 25 minutes.

“I believed implicitly that this was a work event,” he told MPs at an angry Prime Minister's Questions.

But Dr Ahsan said for anyone to suggest that people in Government were “working so super hard that they absolutely needed to go and have a bit of time out and a bit of a group ‘bring your own bottle’ gathering in the private gardens of 10 Downing Street is actually so super insulting”.

She added: “No-one has worked harder than frontline NHS workers. No-one, absolutely no-one and we didn’t do that.”

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She said hearing of “yet another wrongdoing, another slip-up” by those at the top of Government is “traumatising”, saying healthcare workers “collectively feel insulted”.

She said: “What it does, it reminds us of what we were doing at that time.

“And what was I doing in May 2020? I was dressed in PPE (personal protective equipment). Yeah, the weather was warm. I was sweating. Trying not to pass out every time I went into the contamination room to see a patient who had Covid in our full PPE. We weren’t going out in the evenings to gather as colleagues to have drinks.”

Dr Ahsan, who became involved with the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group after the death of her father Ahsan-ul-Haq Chaudry in December 2020, said Mr Johnson’s apology was a “weak response”.

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She said: “I think it was weak. I think it was poor. It didn’t take ownership. It did fall far below what he should have done, which is put his hands up, admit what he’d done, admit that he’s a liability.

“And I think fair enough that his situation now as Prime Minister is untenable.”

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