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Lincolnshire County Council leader calls on Matt Hancock to remove blockage created by national NHS and lift veil of secrecy over COVID vaccination plans in county

A council leader is calling on the Health Secretary to lift the 'veil of secrecy' over the vaccination programme in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire County Council Leader Martin Hill has written to Matt Hancock to complain about the lack of information which is coming from the NHS on local delivery plans for the COVID vaccinations following yesterday's Outbreak Engagement Board meeting.

Last night South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter also expressed his dismay at the lack of clarity over the plans, particularly over what will be offered in this area.

Janet Judson receives the vaccination
Janet Judson receives the vaccination

In the letter Coun Hill states that the board has been impressed by the proactive work of the local NHS in delivering the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines which places Lincolnshire in a good starting position to protect the population.

He said: "However, this support is very much being constrained by national edicts which are apparently preventing local managers from sharing details of their local delivery plans with us.

"As you are well aware, there will be an understandable demand from the public to understand when and where they can expect their vaccinations and to attempt to cover the plans in a veil of secrecy makes no sense to them or us and will only undermine confidence and patience locally.

Coun Martin Hill, chairman of the Lincolnshire Outbreak Engagement Board. Photo supplied (43289845)
Coun Martin Hill, chairman of the Lincolnshire Outbreak Engagement Board. Photo supplied (43289845)

"I think everyone understands that plans can change and delivery sometimes fall short of expectation but the answer surely must be clarity and transparency so the public at least understand the challenges and ambition and will then be supportive and understanding.

"I hope that you will be able intervene and remove this unfortunate blockage."

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