Joint Open Letter to the Secretary of State

When will you order an investigation into vaccine harms?

6 February 2024 – Joint Open Letter from:                                                         

  • HART – Health Advisory and Recovery Team                                      
  • UKMFA – UK Medical Freedom Alliance
  • CCVAC – Children’s Covid Vaccines Advisory Council

To: The Right Hon Victoria Atkins, MP, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care

CC: Dame Jenny Harries, CEO UKHSA; Professor Sir Christopher Whitty, CMO; Maria Caulfield MP

Dear Ms Atkins

Re: Urgent Review of Excess Deaths

Firstly, congratulations on your recent appointment as Secretary of State at the DHSC.

Your three months in office have given you time to see for yourself how much the NHS is struggling; with rising waiting lists, low staff morale and the devastating strike action. You will also be aware of the ongoing and concerning excess deaths in the UK, recently debated in Parliament. The fact that this is occurring in many Western countries and across all age groups, particularly younger adults for whom there were no excess deaths during 2020, should trigger alarm bells and prompt an urgent investigation.

In addition, in parallel with increased deaths, there has been a significant rise in levels of sickness and disability recorded throughout the working age population.  This has resulted in not only increased demands on the health service, but also has impacted the health and resilience of NHS staff themselves, with resulting high levels of staff sickness and absence, causing additional strain on an already struggling system.

The causes of excess mortality and morbidity are likely multifactorial, including the physical and mental impacts of lockdowns, delays in accessing treatment and long-term effects of Covid-19 itself.  However, a fourth potential factor appears to be being deliberately ignored: that is, any possible role of the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines. The timing of the rise in disabilities and deaths should make the vaccinations a definite suspect. As early as November 2020, many scientists and doctors, including those in UKMFA, were highlighting the potential risks of a rushed vaccine. 

Until this question has been thoroughly investigated, it is premature and reckless to be talking of using mRNA technology for future prophylactic vaccines (we take no view on the development of mRNA vaccines for their previously-intended role as therapeutic anti-cancer agents).  We are concerned that the Government is focused on the business opportunity for the UK, offered by the expansion of use of these technologies, but are ignoring potential risks to public health from these products, particularly to the immune and cardiovascular systems. The failure of COVID vaccines to stop viral circulation is obvious to all.  The obviousness of this failure, along with growing concern about the products’ safety – evidenced by poor uptake among those eligible – is undermining public trust in vaccination more generally, including where it is indubitably useful.   We have written repeatedly to the MHRA, the CMOs, the JCVI, and to your predecessor, regarding the many risks of rolling these vaccines out to children. Members of the Pandemic Response All Party Parliamentary Group also wrote a letter in January 2022, over two years ago, regarding increased all-cause mortality in 15–19-year-old males.

The first three signatories on this letter were all asked by Baroness Hallett to provide Witness Statements for Module 4 of the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry; these we have recently submitted, only to learn that the date for the Module 4 hearings has been inexplicably and disappointingly postponed, likely until after the general election.

In the interim we therefore call upon you to suspend the booster programme, pending an immediate review into all aspects of Covid vaccine safety, as outlined in our letter to the MHRA a year ago. 

The health of the nation’s citizens is of paramount concern and must surely be a high priority for an incoming Minister.  We entreat you to apply the precautionary principle regarding the use of these products, which have been linked (in published scientific literature, adverse event databases and real-world epidemiological data) to numerous short- and long-term safety issues, particularly after multiple doses. Pausing their use is now becoming widely recognised to be the only rational, responsible and morally justifiable course of action.

We wish you well in the challenging job you have ahead.

Yours sincerely


  • Professor Angus Dalgleish, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPath, FMed Sci, Professor of Oncology, St Georges Hospital, London
  • Professor Anthony J Brookes, Professor of Genomics and Health Data Science, University of Leicester
  • Professor David Livermore, BSc, PhD, retired Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Dennis McGonagle, PhD, FRCPI, Consultant Rheumatologist, University of Leeds
  • Professor John Fairclough FRCS FFSEM retired Honorary Consultant Surgeon
  • Professor Norman Fenton, CEng, CMath, PhD, FBCS, MIET, Professor of Risk Information Management, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Paul Goddard, MBBS, MD,FRCR,FBIR, retired Professor of Radiology, University of the West of England
  • Professor Richard Ennos, MA, PhD. Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Roger Watson, FRCP Edin, FRCN, FAAN, Honorary Professor of Nursing, University of Hull
  • Lord Moonie, MBChB, MRCPsych, MFCM, MSc, House of Lords, former parliamentary under-secretary of state 2001-2003, former consultant in Public Health Medicine
  • Dr Alan Black, MBBS, MSc, DipPharmMed, retired pharmaceutical physician
  • Dr Alan Mordue, MBChB, FFPH. Retired Consultant in Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology
  • Dr Ali Haggett, Mental health community work, 3rd sector, former lecturer in the history of medicine
  • Dr Alistair J Montgomery, MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, retired General Practitioner
  • Dr Andrew Lees, MB BS, MRCGP, DCH, retired General Practitioner
  • Dr Angela Musso, MD, MRCGP, DRCOG, FRACGP, MFPC, General Practitioner 
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  • Dr Carmen Wheatley, DPhil, Orthomolecular Oncology
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  • Dr Chris Newton, PhD, Biochemist working in immuno-metabolism
  • Dr Christina Peers, MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, FFSRH, Menopause Specialist
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  • Dr Fernando M Gundin, MRCGP (2017), General Practitioner
  • Dr Gary Sidley, PhD, retired NHS Consultant Psychologist
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  • Dr Jon Rogers, MBChB(Bristol), MRCGP, DRCOG, Retired NHS General Practitioner
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  • Dr Jonathan Engler, MBChB, LlB (Hons), DipPharmMed
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  • Dr Keith Dewbury, MBBS, FRCR, retired Consultant Radiologist
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  • Dr Kulvinder S Manik, MBChB, MRCGP, MA(Cantab), LLM, Gray’s Inn
  • Dr Livia Tossici-Bolt, PhD, retired Clinical Scientist
  • Dr Lucie Wilk, MD, MRCP, Rheumatologist
  • Dr Matthew Dennison, MBBS, MRCGP, Dip IBLM, General Practitioner
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  • Dr Michael D Bell, MBChB, MRCGP, retired General Practitioner
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  • Dr Nick Flatt, BMSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCSEd, FRCA, FFPMRCA, retired Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Dr Nichola Ling, MBBS, MRCOG, Consultant obstetrician and digital advisor to NHS England
  • Dr Noel Thomas, MA, MBChB, DObsRCOG, DTM&H, MFHom, Retired Doctor
  • Dr Peter Chan, BM, MRCS, MRCGP, NLP, General Practitioner, Functional medicine practitioner
  • Dr Peter R Blower, PhD, DSc, FRSB , Retired Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmacologist
  • Dr Rachel Brown, MBChB, LLM, CFMP, MRCPsych
  • Dr Rachel Nicoll, PhD, Medical researcher
  • Dr Rajendra Sharma, MBBCh, BAO, LRCP&S(Ire), MFHom, Private Doctor, Medical Director, Dr Sharma Diagnostics
  • Dr Richard House, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, CertCouns, Chartered Psychologist, former senior lecturer in Psychology (Roehampton) and Early Childhood (Winchester), retired psychotherapist
  • Dr Richard J. O’Shea. MBBCh, BA(Hons) MRCGP, General Practitioner
  • Dr Samuel McBride, MBBCh, BAO, BSc, MSc, MRCP (UK) FRCEM, FRCP (Edinburgh), NHS Emergency Medicine & geriatrics
  • Dr Samuel White, MBChB, MRCGP, Functional Medicine Specialist, former General Practitioner
  • Dr Sarah Myhill, MBBS, Retired General Practitioner
  • Dr Scott Mitchell, MBChB, MRCS, Associate Specialist, Emergency Medicine, resigned
  • Dr Sheena Fraser, MBChB, MRCGP (2003), Dip BSLM, General Practitioner
  • Dr Shiraz Akram, BDS, Dental surgeon
  • Dr Stefanie Williams, MD, Dermatologist
  • Dr Tanya Klymenko, PhD, FHEA, FIBMS, Senior lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr Theresa Lawrie, MBBCh, PhD, Director, Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd, Bath
  • Dr Timothy Kelly, MBBCh, BSc, NHS doctor
  • Dr Victoria Anderson, MBChB, MRCGP, MRCPCH, DRCOG, General Practitioner
  • Alex Hicks, MEng, MCIPS, Compliance Director (Supply Chain)
  • Catherine Cassell, RGN, Practice Nurse
  • Cheryl Grainger, BSc, Pharma Training Consultant
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  • Fiona Jones, BScHons, DipPreSci, PgCertMed Ed, MFRPSII, FRPharmS, retired Clinical lead pharmacist
  • Helen Auburn, Dip ION, MBANT, CNHC, Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Ian Humphreys, UKMFA Programme Director
  • Kaira McCallum, BSc, retired pharmacist, Director of strategy UKMFA
  • Katherine MacGilchrist, BSc(Hons), MSc, CEO/Systematic Review Director, Epidemica Ltd.
  • James Cook, NHS Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Jessica Righart, MSc, Senior Biomedical Scientist
  • Julie Nicholls, LCSP(Phys), IEMT, former RGN, Body-Mind Coach
  • Marco Tullio Suadoni, RN, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, MSc, Specialist Palliative Care Lead
  • Michael Cockayne, MSc, PGDip, SCPHNOH, BA, RN, Occupational Health Practitioner
  • Mr Ahmad K Malik, FRCS(Tr & Orth), Dip Med Sport, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Mr Angus Robertson, BSc(Med Sci), MBChB, FRCS(Ed), FFSEM(UK), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Mr Anthony Hinton, MBChB, FRCS, Consultant ENT surgeon, London
  • Mr Ian F Comaish, MA, BMBCh, FRCOphth, FRANZCO, Consultant ophthalmologist
  • Mr Ian McDermott, MBBS, MS, FRCS(Tr&Orth), FFSEM(UK), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Mr James Royle, MBChB, FRCS, MMedEd, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
  • Mr John Bunni, MBChB (Hons), Dip Lap Surg, FRCS [ASGBI Medal], Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon
  • Mr Malcolm Loudon, MBChB, MD, FRCSEd, FRCS(Gen Surg), MIHM,VR, Consultant Surgeon
  • Mr Patrick Chong, MBBS (London) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Gen Surg), Consultant Vascular Surgeon
  • Rev Dr William J U Philip, MBChB, MRCP, BD, Senior Minister The Tron Church, Glasgow, formerly physician specialising in cardiology
  • Sophie Gidet, RM, Midwife
  • Sue Parker Hall, CTA, MSc (Counselling & Supervision), MBACP, EMDR. Psychotherapist
  • Theresa Ann Mounsey, RM, BSc (hons), Registered Midwife
  • Wendy Armstrong, Practice Nurse
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