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:
Well this is some gold dust…
A minister has tweeted the PPE stock levels and really importantly the daily usage rates of PPE at their local hospital trust in Lincolnshire – pointing out that such transparency helps confidence… pic.twitter.com/jTTpueK6Mg
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) April 19, 2020
Here’s the situation:
The delivery of desperately needed PPE from Turkey now expected today will only last about 3 days
UK missed three chances to join the EU scheme to bulk-buy PPE
No satisfactory explanation given by Government as to why it failed to take part in scheme pic.twitter.com/ZaPEducr8A
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) April 20, 2020
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:
This is a real terms comparison of coronavirus testing around the world.
We’re fifth from bottom.
This is not what an “international exemplar of preparedness” looks like. pic.twitter.com/FdGmAE9ISC
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) April 20, 2020
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.
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