"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Wash your hands to 'God Save the Queen'
United Kingdom has an enviable reputation for resilience. In a
rapidly changing world, we are at the forefront of embracing new
opportunities and seeking innovative solutions to emerging problems.”
Foreword to Cabinet Office National Risk Register of Civil
the three years since its publication let us examine the innovative
solutions to the most recent ‘emerging problem', the COVID-19,
These assist respiratory functions, pumping oxygen into the blood for
vital organs. They are the main supportive treatment for critical
stage COVID-19 patients.
Secretary, Matt Hancock said he could not make guarantees that
everyone who requires a ventilator will get one, saying: “We don’t
make guarantees in healthcare”.
Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the British Medical Association says UK’s
lack of ventilators “is a result of a decade of under-funding”.
NHS trust chairman Roy Lilley has said, “I mean we’ve seen this
coming. It’s pretty obvious we were going to need more ventilators
and somehow or other, either we’ve been left flat foot and haven’t
started to buy them quickly enough or we’ve tried to buy them and
they’re just not there.”
BEDS: Chairman of the British Medical Association, Dr Chaand Nagpaul,
said the UK has about “a quarter of the critical care beds that
Germany has and that the country’s “starting position
unfortunately has been far worse than many other of our European
is the third biggest manufacturer of hospital beds after New Zealand
and the USA. Former NHS trust chairman Roy Lilley said “This is
capital equipment and the hospitals won’t have been buying them”.
He doubted European producers would sell to the UK now we are leaving
CLOTHING: The Times reports that, “frontline hospital staff fear
that doctors and nurses will die because of NHS guidance that they do
not need to wear full protective equipment when caring for virus
The World Health Organization has criticised the approach of
countries like the UK that are not prioritising testing, with its
director General, Tedros Adhanom, saying “you cannot fight a fire
blindfolded … test, test, test”. The Guardian reports that a
junior doctor in an emergency assessment unit has started a petition
called “Test frontline NHS staff for Covid-19 as a priority”,
which has so far attracted nearly 700,000 signatures.
UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance was
asked if the UK should have mass testing on the scale of South Korea
which has tested more than 250,000 people out of a population of 51
million, and is bringing infections down. He replied, : “I think we
need a big increase in testing. That’s what I’m pushing for very
HOSPITALS: Spain and Portugal have led the way by requisitioning
private hospitals, their equipment and staff. The UK are going to pay
£2.5 million a day to ‘buy in’ these facilities.
OF EARNINGS: In the UK those who have lost their incomes are entitled
to £94 a week. The Irish government is giving workers who have lost
their incomes the Euro equivalent of £203 a week. The generous UK
‘scheme’ doesn’t even cover the many phony self-employed. Firms
like DPD, a delivery company, is insisting that employees who
self-isolate will still have to pay the costs of renting vans and
equipment. And have I mentioned the homeless? It’s impossible to
voluntarily self-isolate if you are sleeping on the street. The state
should requisition hotels for the homeless. There they can be be fed,
kept warm and offered medical assistance.
SCHOOLS: The government’s reason for keeping schools open is that
working parents will be deprived of the free childcare they provide.
Schools across Europe are closed. In Boris Johnson logic it is better
for children to travel to school, mix with each other, come into
close contact with dozens of adults and spread the virus.
Jeremy Corbyn were PM today millions would feel more secure. Even
journalists like Robert Peston who spent years attacking him is now
making the case for something resembling a socialist response to the
organising’ is one of the platitudes frequently offered when
someone is bereft of political ideas. It is hard to do and often very
dull. This time it is different.” As one Tory minister put it to
Peston, these principles imply that Boris Johnson will almost
certainly have to oversee a Government that for a good year or maybe
longer will look quite socialist. The Minister added, 'We'll find
ourselves implementing most of Jeremy Corbyn's programme'.