The former Conservative MP for Eastbourne has said drug testing should be scrapped to help combat the spread of deadly coronavirus.
Adam Smith, who has been in hiding since his arrest in August, told the Sunday Telegraph that drug testing was “not a very good idea” because it could make it harder for doctors to detect the virus and therefore lead to false positives.
He said that in order to “prove that there is no drug” in a person, “they have to be tested”.
“So we are actually allowing the coronaviruses to spread.
It’s not a good thing.
It does make it very difficult to detect them, but we have to make sure that the tests that are used are very accurate.”
Drug testing in the UK is being scaled back after the introduction of mandatory testing.
The UK Government announced on Monday that testing for COVID-19 will be mandatory from September, as well as mandatory testing for flu shots and the COVID vaccine.
The Government also plans to require all public-health workers to be vaccinated before the end of next year.
“We will be asking all the health and social care workers across the country to take the COVIS-19 vaccine,” the Minister of State for Health James Reilly said.
“The vaccines will be available to all NHS staff at the end, so there will be no excuses for not taking the vaccine.”
Mr Smith said he hoped to use his newfound notoriety to bring about a change in British society.
“I have to say that I have no doubt that I can get the debate back to the table,” he said.
“And I am going to try to get the government to take some action.”