Health staff working at the Salisbury hospital treating Sergei and Yulia Skripal have complained that they are being closely watched by the UK’s security services, making them fearful of speaking out about events around the poisoning of the two Russians, along with a police officer who has since been discharged.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted the Home Office to ask whether these complaints were correct. A Home Office spokesperson declined to deny that health workers were under surveillance, stating only:
That’s not something we will be commenting on.
Pressed to explain why Salisbury hospital staff should need to be watched, the spokesperson also declined to comment.
In the absence of a government denial, the complaints, which have come from a number of staff, must be taken seriously – and raise the serious question of why such surveillance should be thought necessary.
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