Coronavirus propaganda: why would the Tories want to silence NHS staff?

Ask yourself: why does my Conservative government not want me to know what NHS staff have to say about the coronavirus?

The Tories, it seems, have told NHS staff not to tell the public what’s really going on in our hospitals:

Workers at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust were sent the social media guidance via a staff newsletter on Friday.

In the newsletter, seen by the East Anglian Daily Times, staff were told to avoid tweeting about “political issues, such as PPE, testing and exit strategies”.

They were however encouraged to praise staff for their hard work, working over the weekend and keeping people safe.

Sure, the orders came from a health trust but nobody there would have an interest in deceiving people about the situation. It has to come from the Tories, really. Don’t you agree?

If not, perhaps This Writer should provide a reminder of the PPE situation:

Hospital leaders have directly attacked the government for the first time during the coronavirus crisis over the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) after a desperately needed consignment of surgical gowns that had been announced by ministers failed to arrive.

In an unprecedented intervention, which hospital leaders privately say is the result of “intense frustration and exasperation”, the organisations representing NHS trusts in England urged ministers to “just focus on what we can be certain of” after weeks of “bitter experience” with failed deliveries.

The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers spoke out amid continuing alarm that shortages of equipment will soon have disastrous effects on the frontline, with representatives of intensive care staff warning on Sunday that the critical shortage of PPE could lead to some people refusing to continue working there.

See? If hospital bosses are complaining publicly, it can’t be them telling staff to keep their traps shut. Can it?

Here’s one trust’s list of available PPE, at the time of the tweet:

Here’s the situation:

NHS staff would rather you knew about it. The only people with an interest in deceiving you are in the Tory government.

How about testing? Remember Matt Hancock saying that the UK would be carrying out 100,000 tests a day by the end of April – in 10 days’ time?

Let’s see how we’re doing:

Scientists are now saying it is impossible to reach that testing target:

The government’s target of carrying out 100,000 Covid-19 tests each day by the end of the month has come under criticism from senior scientists, who say it will be impossible to reach.

Experts told the Guardian that a “macho” focus on headline-grabbing figures had been pursued at the expense of rigorous science.

But we already know that it is Tory government policy to ignore science when it’s against them:

The scientists said stock up on PPE – in 2016.

Instead, when the coronavirus hit China, the Tories gave that country 278,800 bits of kit and left us with hardly any.

They don’t want NHS staff telling you that because it makes them look bad. And they don’t care how many of us die, either.

Source: NHS staff told not to tweet about ‘political issues like lack of PPE’ – Mirror Online

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1 thought on “Coronavirus propaganda: why would the Tories want to silence NHS staff?

  1. Hecuba

    Indeed the fascist tories are cruel and concerned with only maintaining their political power over us disposable ‘commodities’ because our health and safety isn’t the concern of fascist tory government!

    The fiasco concerning one shipment of PPE clothing from Turkey demonstrates the fascist tories are doing their utmost to silence NHS staff because the truth must not be published!

    ‘We have, over the last 24 hours, seen an unhelpful focus on one individual consignment coming from Turkey. We are told that this consignment is still stuck in Turkey with no certainty, at the time this comment was issued, on how many gowns, if any, will leave for the UK, [and] when,” said Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers.’

    And this: ‘Bitter experience in recent weeks has shown that promised consignments of gowns cannot be relied on until they come, are checked and found to contain the right kit,” he added. “For example, a consignment of 200,000 gowns that arrived from China last week actually contained only 20,000 gowns. This follows previous instances of consignments of gowns being mislabelled and failing safety tests.”

    This is what the fascist tories under dictator boris don’t want us the public to learn about because it proves fascist tories are deliberately refusing to ensure adequate supplies of PPE clothing are ordered and delivered before NHS Trusts run out. Instead veterinary practices; fire brigades, police forces, councils, DIY shops and builders’ merchants after being forced to ask them to hand over their stocks of gowns.

    Appalling situation and it shouldn’t have happened if the fascist tories had done their jobs which is why they are being paid huge salaries but as usual having a powerful job as a Minister/MP means nothing but taking the money and instigating state sanctioned murder of thousands and thousands of women and men!

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