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Downing Street has put out a news release about what it describes as Rishi Sunak’s “primary care recovery plan”. The main feature is the plan to allow pharmacies in England to issue prescriptions for seven basic conditions, but the government is also investing £240m in new telephone systems for GP surgeries.
Sunak claims his plans will “free up around 15 million GP appointments over the next two years”.
Clearly, something has gone wrong in this case.
Peaceful protest is an important part of British democracy. The Met accepted that and I think the mayor of London is right to ask for a review to determine what exactly went wrong in this case.
Whatever it was, this was a very complex policing operation. It largely went off without a hitch and I think the police deserve credit for that. But where there are incidents like this, we have to take them seriously and I think that it’s right that we learn the lessons and take steps to rectify that.