Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, has resigned, dealing a major blow to Boris Johnson.


Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, has resigned, dealing a major blow to Boris Johnson.

BORIS JOHNSON has been dealt another setback with the resignation of Jonathan Van-Tam, his deputy chief medical officer.

During the pandemic, one of the Prime Minister’s closest advisers will step down.

Prof Van-Tam will continue to advise the government until March 31st.

He has been on a “repeatedly-extended secondment” from the University of Nottingham since 2017, and he reportedly informed senior health officials yesterday that his loan was coming to an end.

The decision is believed to have nothing to do with Mr Johnson’s current Partygate scandal or policies, but it comes as the Prime Minister faces a barrage of criticism and demands for his resignation.

“My time as DCMO has been the most challenging of my professional career, particularly the Covid response,” he said in a statement.

“We’d all rather Covid hadn’t happened.”

Regardless, serving the people of the United Kingdom during this time has been the greatest honor of my professional life.

“I’d like to thank Professor Chris Whitty, the CMO team, my fellow scientists, public health professionals, and clinicians for their unwavering support, wisdom, and energy.”

“There are countless people working behind the scenes who are all dedicated to assisting and supporting the British people.”

Working with them all has been a privilege.”

“I would like to thank Jonathan Van-Tam for his extraordinary contribution to our country and his invaluable advice throughout the pandemic,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet in response to the news.

I wish him all the best in the future.”

“It has been an honor to work with JVT, and I am hugely grateful for his advice andamp; the vital role he has played in our vaccination programme,” said Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

“I wish him luck at the University of Nottingham in his future endeavors.”

Prof Van-Tam had become one of England’s most trusted and liked medics thanks to his briefings during the pandemic, in which he frequently used football analogies to lighten the mood.

The Queen bestowed a knighthood on him earlier this month.

Prof Van-Tam expressed his gratitude for the honor at the time, saying that serving the British public during the health crisis had been “the greatest privilege of my professional career.”

He praised colleagues for their “commitment, advice, and wisdom.”

“Brinkwire News Summary.”


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