Failure to sufficiently protect frontline NHS staff

The press help to paint certain politicians as idiots and bumbling bafoons.  I say that's far from the case ... but that being painted as such allows politicians to escape serious accusations under the cloak of idiocy.

If you were managing a work force that requires trained, skilled operatives wouldn't you look after them as assets?

Looking at the Coronavirus issue, this government has refused to accept aid and have failed to look after NHS staff themselves.  I keep asking myself, why?  Especially when you consider how long it takes to train doctors, nurses and surgeons...and how long knowldege of this virus has been around now.

How many private hospitals are involved in the fight against Covid19?  Do their staff have the correct protective measures?

What if the lack of protection for NHS staff is a measure that will allow the government to roll out a different kind of private medical health care?  One where we don't pay for it as a 'cutsomer' but where they can rob the public purse through privately negotiated contracts with the government.

If they were my staff, I'd house them in empty military bases temporarily and make them as comfortable as possible, ensure that they had the right equipment to do the job and not take any chances with the work force of the NHS being decimated by this disease.

As a nation, we screwed up with Brexit, yet the EU still offered us help...but the government have refused it.

Throughout this difficult period, the privatisation of the NHS continues ... in 2 different ways now.

As for testing, the only people that should be tested now are ALL NHS staff, from cleaners upwards and then the Emergency Services.  The rest of us have to sit this out.  What's the point of wasting a test kit on someone that might get the virus from someone the next day?  Though there seems to be enough doubt on the effectiveness of current test kits too.

It's also time that all airports were closed and public transport was suspended.

By the way:

Do you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus?

You’re extremely vulnerable if you:
  • have had a solid organ transplant
  • have any cancer and are getting chemotherapy
  • have lung cancer and are getting radical radiotherapy
  • have cancer of the blood or bone marrow, at any stage of treatment - for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
  • have any cancer for which you’re getting immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments
  • have any cancer for which you’re getting a targeted treatment which can affect the immune system - for example, protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • have a severe respiratory condition - including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • have a rare disease or inborn error of metabolism that significantly increases your risk of infection - for example SCID or homozygous sickle cell
  • are getting an immunosuppression therapy that’s sufficient to significantly increase your risk of infection
  • are pregnant, and have a significant congenital or acquired heart disease

    If you have any of these conditions and live alone - please register for help on:

    You might be able to get help with shopping etc.

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu

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