I’d say this was conclusive proof that the Tory government’s strategy on testing for coronavirus is a deadly dud, wouldn’t you?
Today I saw on Twitter an announcement that comedian Eddie Large (real name Eddie McGinnis), half of the comedy duo Little & Large, much seen on television during the 70s and 80s, had passed away.
He had been undergoing treatment for heart failure but he died after contracting the coronavirus while staying in hospital:
With a heavy heart I have just found out, (through his son Ryan), that his father Eddie Large has passed away, I worked many times with him and his partner Sid, they were not only a great act, but such fun to be with! Our thoughts and prayers goes to Patsy and Ryan and family xx pic.twitter.com/pRo2Or29YQ
— Jimmy Cricket (@jimmy__cricket) April 2, 2020
Look at the message from his son Ryan (the image on the right).
“He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, whilst in hospital, contracted the corona virus, which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.”
Minutes later I saw a tweet from MP Dawn Butler, saying her uncle had died after being taken into hospital after a fall. However:
My uncle had a fall he didn't have COVID19. He caught it in hospital and has now sadly died from COVID19.
Just a few weeks ago we buried his only Son. We are devastated as a family but I'm also angry.
Government needs to Test everyone who works in the hospitals without delay!
— Dawn Butler MP✊🏾 (@DawnButlerBrent) April 2, 2020
Yes – the government needs to test everyone who works in hospitals.
And the government needs to equip everyone who works in hospitals – properly.
Look at the travesty that is the government’s Covid-19 testing figures (within the NHS):
The NHS employs 1.4 million people.
Yet only 2000 frontline NHS staff have been tested for #COVID19.
I have never felt more disgusted by political failure.
Intentional strategy or unintentional incompetence – this is inexcusable.https://t.co/0RljHyshKO
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) April 1, 2020
Consider the results:
73 out of 181 staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have tested positive for Coronavirus. A further 380+ are off sick.
This is the moment the United Kingdom passed the rubicon on Coronavirus. Very little chance of going back now.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) April 2, 2020
Consider the confirmation that the government had, for no apparent reason, imposed a 15 per cent cap on the testing of NHS workers for coronavirus:
Confirmed: Prior to today, the government had imposed a 15% cap on testing of NHS staff. This has cost lives. pic.twitter.com/MvbaG7PW6A
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) April 1, 2020
“As lab capacity is increasing we now can and must further increase staff/index case testing. We want to max-out all available capacity in doing so, and so are now removing the 15 per cent cap immediately.
“We are therefore asking chief executives of trusts that host an NHS lab doing COVID-19 testing personally to ensure that your lab’s capacity is fully used each and every day.”
Clearly, therefore, the capacity of these labs has not been fully used up until now.
Oh, and the total number of deaths per day more than doubled yesterday, to 563. Here’s a doctor’s response:
563 more dead. As dr & writer, I‘m not surprised govt could have locked down earlier but didn’t, could have tested more but didn’t, could have provided protective equipment but didn’t. What I’m amazed by is lack of critical voices in media holding them to account. Fuck this shit
— Youssef El-Gingihy (@ElGingihy) April 1, 2020
These deaths (and, no doubt, many others that don’t carry such a high profile) are the responsibility of whoever made the decision to restrict testing, whoever decided to limit the number of ventilators, and whoever thought that personal protective equipment wouldn’t be necessary in the modern NHS.
Who are those people?
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