Protection from the deadly Ebola virus should not be limited to checks at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, says West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver.
Public Health England has announced there will no longer be specialist staff at either Birmingham or Manchester airports, or at the Eurostar terminal in St Pancras railway station, London.
People arriving at those destinations from Ebola hotspots in West Africa will now be screened over the phone instead.
Mr Carver said, “It’s good news that the checks will continue at Heathrow and Gatwick, but I don’t think Ebola has a particular preference for a point of entry into a country. Checks should be made at all major entry points to Britain.
“If there is a possibility of it coming into the UK through those two airports then why not other major airports, such as Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow?
“Obviously it is heartening to know that the number of cases being reported in West Africa has fallen considerably since its peak.
"But let us not pretend that is the reason for loosening the prevention procedures around the country. It is clearly a cost cutting exercise and surely public health should not be placed at risk to assuage accountants."
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