"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Sunday 5 April 2020
Ventilating My Anger
is the most corrupt country in the world”. Roberto Saviano,
journalist and expert on the Italian Mafia.
to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of people with
coronavirus (COVID-19) recover without needing hospital treatment.
other 20% can become seriously ill and develop breathing
them fluid may enter the lungs, making it hard to breath and causing
the body's oxygen levels to drop. To alleviate this, a ventilator is
used to push oxygen into the lungs.
ventilators are vital to proper treatment of COVID-19 and the
government admit the country has a massive shortage.
rest assured because Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, told the BBC
this week. “there’s now over 12,000 ventilators that we’ve
managed to get to”. It’s not clear exactly what Mr Hancock means
by “managed to get to”, but his junior minister, Edward Argar,
suggested a different interpretation on the numbers. He said.“We
are now up to around 8,000 ventilators”.
absurd the lack of communication between senior and junior minister
we can take comfort because the EU invited the UK to join a scheme to
bulk-buy ventilators. Good news, but wait, the Boris Johnson
government has snubbed the scheme.
mind you may say, the UK has companies which already make these
ventilators. Two of these are Direct Access Medical and MEC Medical. So phew,
relax your worries, but hold on ...
Access Medical boss Steven Mifsud says that despite registering with
the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
website (on their “ventilator challenge” page), the only response
they got was an automated thank you and a notice informing them they
were ‘in the system’. After a further five days passed his
company's supplies went elsewhere. “Time is a luxury that we as a
nation do not have,” he added. “This virus does not wait for
anyone and every second costs lives. I am incredibly frustrated with
the British government and the current mañana
Medical, with experience in ventilator manufacture, also offered to
supply parts and produce the machines, but had had no response from the
government. Andrew Raynor, their Director explained that “nothing”
happened when he first offered to make ventilators, and said they
“should have given funding to existing ventilator manufacturers and
existing companies like us.”
has happened? Dyson Ltd, the vacuum cleaner manufacturers, with no background in this sort of medical technology, have been
awarded a government contract to manufacture and supply 10,000
ventilators. They sdmit they cannot even start planning production
general consensus is that it’ll be months before we see any of
them. And it's said that Dyson will most likely sub-contract some of
the work to companies like Direct Access and MEC Medical.
was once responsible for constructing a music centre and know full
well that the main contractors then sub-contract the work to
companies who know what they’re doing, but only after they have
ensured their ‘cut’. Most likely Direct Access and MEC Medical
will be a part of this!
founder, James Dyson, was a vocal supporter of Boris Johnson's Brexit
stance. The 2016 Forbes magazine reported that he was an influential
Conservative Party member and Party funder.
another company with no bacground in ventilator technology, have also
been approached by the British government asking them to consider
producing ventilators. JCB Chairman, Lord Bamford, has confirmed that
they now had “research and engineering teams actively looking at
the request”. The company have donated £4.5 million to the Tory
Party over the last twenty years.
time is of the essence, people are dying and NHS staff are at
enormous risk, the government chooses to engage in speculative
projects with their best friends. They seem to have all the time in
the world and our lives in their incapable hands.
in, breath out, breath in and shout ‘CORRUPTION’.