ONE of the most contemptible acts in the history of the NHS was the sacking last November of care home workers who refused the Covid jab.
The man responsible, the then Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, brushed aside all arguments and dismissed 40,000 of the most dedicated, hardworking staff.
Perhaps even more reprehensible was the refusal to reinstate them after the status of the so-called pandemic was later revised and it became obvious that the injections prevented neither infection nor transmission of the virus, while take-up of booster jabs was slow.
The scandal was highlighted in TCW by Niall McCrae, who fought in vain to get Javid to show some sense and compassion and branded the episode an abuse of government power. Niall said: ‘Let the 40,000 victims of the vaccine mandate not be forgotten.’
They have not been forgotten and now a campaign is under way for new Health Secretary Thérèse Coffey to reinstate and compensate the care workers – and offer them an apology.
It is being co-ordinated by Together – the campaign against growing restrictions on rights and freedoms – which is asking the public to sign an open letter to Ms Coffey.
The letter tells how the care home staff were forced out of their jobs for declining a novel medical treatment that was not risk-free.
It adds: ‘The grave but entirely predictable upshot of this disastrous policy has been catastrophic disruption to the sector which now threatens the health of the public, not least as the performance of the social care sector is inextricably linked with the ability of the NHS to function adequately.
‘We have a reported 165,000 staff vacancies in the sector, 500,000 people waiting for assessments, care or reviews, on top of a £3.7billion funding that has brought many local care providers to the brink of collapse.’
Signatories to letter already include clinical epidemiologist Professor Carl Heneghan, journalists Allison Pearson and Julia Hartley-Brewer, author and broadcaster Laura Dodsworth, Richard Tice of Reform UK and Laurence Fox of the Reclaim party, medics Dr Tony Hinton, Dr Clare Craig and Dr Teck Khong, and football legend Matt Le Tissier.
You can sign the open letter via this website link.