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Nurse who provided care for Johnson resigns from NHS – deploring ‘lack of respect’

Jenny McGee: apparently Boris Johnson survived Covid-19 because she and another NHS nurse sat vigil for him at night. What a shame he offered her disrespect in return.

No, Boris Johnson, even the nurse who cared for you when you had Covid-19 says clapping for the NHS isn’t enough.

Jenny McGee, we’re told, kept vigil by Johnson’s bedside when he was suffering with the virus.

She stayed at her post, carrying out soul-destroying work through the height of the pandemic, while her former patient fudged his way through a series of wrong decisions, crony contracts and “clap for NHS” publicity stunts.

And now it seems she’s had enough.

She has handed in her resignation, such is her disillusionment with the “lack of respect” shown by the government for the NHS and healthcare workers.

“We’re not getting the respect and now pay that we deserve. I’m just sick of it. So I’ve handed in my resignation,” said McGee, referring to the government’s proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff, which unions have described as a “kick in the teeth”.

She was also critical of the government’s handling of the Covid crisis, adding: “Lots of nurses felt that the government hadn’t led very effectively – the indecisiveness, so many mixed messages. It was just very upsetting.”

Personally, I would have quit in an extremely public way, if I were her, when Johnson tried to co-opt her into a “clap for the NHS” photo opportunity with him during what she thought would be a discreet thank you visit to Downing Street.

Instead, she waited to make her announcement until she was filmed for a Channel 4 documentary, The Year Britain Stopped (apparently Northern Ireland didn’t).

One could describe it as an example of the discretion for which NHS nurses are rightly respected – if not by Tories like Johnson.

What a shame that, after Ms McGee restored his health with patience and care, he could not offer the NHS the same courtesy.

Source: Nurse who cared for Boris Johnson resigns over ‘lack of respect’ for NHS workers | NHS | The Guardian

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