A Berkshire NHS chief has blasted the distributors of fake vaccine leaflets around hospital car parks in the county.

The leaflets, designed to look as if they were made by Public Health England, contained incorrect and inaccurate information about the Covid-19 vaccination.

Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Steve McManus took to Twitter to vent his frustration after the leaflets were discovered on Tuesday.

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“It is worth noting that our amazing staff at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have cared for over 2300 patients to date with Covid,” he wrote.

“Over 400 patients with Covid needed intensive care treatment, our ICU had to triple in size beyond its 14 bed capacity in February this year.”

“Whatever views might be held about the Covid vaccine this is no way to show respect for the incredible staff and volunteers at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and across the NHS who have put themselves out there for patients and our community day after day over the last 18 months.”

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The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Twitter account posted a statement explaining the leaflets had been removed and advised all visitors to ignore the leaflets.

Last month, fake Government leaflets promoting vaccine scepticism were planted in the waiting room of Balmore Park Surgery in Reading.

The Trust is responsible for the management of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading; the Prince Charles Eye Unit and the Dialysis Unit in Windsor; Bracknell Healthspace; Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames and West Berkshire Community Hospital between Newbury and Thatcham.