GP fuming as he's told he cannot delay jury service to help battle Covid

A GP was fuming after being told he cannot delay jury service to help battle the pandemic.

Dr Mike Smith, 45, insisted frontline medical professionals should be exempt during health crises, warning it could lead to more deaths otherwise.

The NHS GP of 22 years was called for jury service in June.

He deferred until January but asked for another deferral amid the rising Omicron cases, which the Jury Central Summoning Bureau refused.

Dad-of-four Dr Smith, of North London, said: “I’m exhausted. It’s just not the right time at all. If I take time off, my colleagues are going to suffer.”

His centre in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, has 14,000 patients and six doctors across two sites.

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