An NHS hospital doctor has told Boris Johnson that he – and the Conservatives – are responsible for the deaths of around 5,500 patients.
Their negligence meant 5,449 people died because they spent too long waiting on trolleys in NHS hospitals when they should have been admitted to accident and emergency units.
The delays of between six and 11 hours led to the deaths, according to the study by leading NHS doctors Chris Moulton and Cliff Mann.
The deaths were entirely and solely caused by the length of wait and not by the patient’s condition.
The findings are extremely embarrassing for Boris Johnson, who, it is accepted, is winding the NHS down in order to sell off our healthcare to US companies after Brexit.
This has been the Conservative plan since 2010, as identified by Noam Chomsky:
That’s about the size of it. If the service had not been de-funded, then it would work. Nobody would be getting angry about it (because their relatives would not have died for the sake of a few farthings). But then, of course, Boris Johnson would not have an excuse to hand it over to the privateers.
It seems Mr Johnson might reckon he has found a stop-gap answer to get people off his case – by getting nurses to treat patients in corridors rather than in wards.
But the staff carrying out these duties say this shows times are “desperate”. Hospitals are at breaking point due to overwhelming demand and bed shortages.
And Andrew Meyerson, a junior doctor working at Worcestershire Royal hospital, has directly accused Mr Johnson of causing the deaths by negligence.
In an open letter published by The Guardian, he wrote [boldings mine]: “Prime Minister, the NHS is not safe in your hands.
“Your negligence and that of your party over the past decade has contributed to the deaths of nearly 5,500 patients, and if you were a junior doctor like me, your licence would now be revoked, and you would be sent to prison.”
He wrote: “You are not fit to lecture us any more about what we need in our NHS hospitals.
“You have failed the British people, failed my beloved Worcestershire Royal hospital, and failed our brilliant and hardworking NHS staff nationwide who have been traumatised by your negligence.
“Because the safety of our patients has now been threatened to such a significant degree, I am exercising my right as a whistleblower in clause 29 of my contract to speak out – outside your sanctioned channels – because this has happened too many times in hospitals across the country, and the British public has a right to know exactly who is responsible.”
He wrote: “You and your party have had nearly a decade to leave the health service in a better state than when you found it.
“On every objective metric, the Conservative party has failed in that, and we see this in our NHS hospitals every single day.
“England is short of 40,000 nurses and 10,000 doctors, A&E waiting times are the absolute worst in NHS history, our cancer patients are waiting longer than ever to be seen, you have shut down too many district hospitals, you have left us with too few hospital beds, social care is a mess, mental health care is inaccessible, and you have destroyed our capacity to provide a multitude of services in the community to keep people healthy and out of hospital.
“And now nearly 5,500 people have died as a direct result of your policies. This is the legacy of the “one nation” Conservative party.”
He wrote: “Prime Minister, you have failed these patients and your negligence has contributed to their deaths.”
He is absolutely right, of course.
And the UK voted Boris Johnson back in, to cause many more thousands of deaths over the next five years.
In the cases of some Tory voters, he’ll cause their own deaths.
Did they think about that at the time?
We had a chance to vote for an improved service, and we turned it down.
Still, the election result does mean that Mr Johnson has had a chance to improve his suntan.
Let’s hope that information warms the hearts of everybody about to lose a relative over the next five years, due to Johnson’s negligence.
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