Dr Amir Khan has said that the deaths of his NHS colleagues amid the coronavirus pandemic will ‘haunt him forever’.
He told Lorraine Kelly on her morning show: ‘Boris Johnson was also speaking yesterday at the Downing Street press conference, and he said mistakes have been made and these will haunt him forever, and people have died as a result of some of these mistakes.
‘The things that will haunt me forever, if I’m being honest, Lorraine, are my colleagues and my patients who have died as a result of delays in lockdowns and lack of PPE.’
At least 230 NHS workers have died from coronavirus during the pandemic.
In the UK, more than 120,000 people have died of coronavirus.
Dr Amir’s comments come as the coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out. So far, more than 28million people in the UK have had the first dose of their vaccine.
Dr Amir Khan spoke out about the NHS staff who have died (Picture: ITV)
Meanwhile, the doctor recently reassured people about the AstraZeneca vaccine after Denmark, Norway and Iceland have suspended use of the vaccine to investigate a possible side effect of blood clots.
The World Health Organisation has recommended the continued use of the jab, saying that it ‘considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks’.
Dr Amir went on to say that there is ‘no link’ between the vaccine and blood clots.
People have been celebrating NHS staff over the past year (Picture: Getty Images)
Speaking to Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, he said: ‘Denmark, Norway, Iceland have paused the rollout of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine because there were some reports of blood clots in those other people who had had them.
‘The European Medicines Agency has come out very clearly to say that there is no link between the vaccine, the Oxford vaccine, and blood clots. Oxford AstraZeneca themselves have said that the vaccine went through rigorous clinical trials and this is not a known side effect.
‘And when you look at the numbers, it doesn’t really add up. 5 million people across Europe had the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, 30 of them developed blood clots. When you look at the background to that, one in 1000 people would develop blood clots anyway, without the vaccine.
‘So I do want to allay people’s concerns, there is no link between the vaccine and blood clots.’
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.