TWO horrifying accounts of the consequences of the Government’s ‘Save our NHS’ Covid policy have come to light. An in-depth whistleblowing interview with an experienced registered nurse in Lockdown Sceptics reveals the NHS reality behind the public clapping. In the Daily Mail, a senior doctor, Professor Angus Dalgleish, describes Covid-19’s ‘distorting healthcare priorities’ that led to the suicide of two of his colleagues.
Both deserve the widest possible dissemination. They also prompt some terrible questions. How has this come about in an institution that was portrayed only eight years ago at the 2012 Olympic opening celebrations as the pride of post-war Britain? If Danny Boyle’s sentimental ‘social worker’ rendition was hard for some to digest then, what now? ‘It is a strange sort of nation that can turn a hospital bed into a symbol of national pride, especially in an era when you can die of thirst in one,’ commented Peter Hitchens at the time. Tragically it is exactly this type of mawkishness that has been so ruthlessly exploited by Government in its disproportionate, fear-mongering ‘Stay at home, save lives’ and ‘Save our NHS’ Covid policies, and encouragement for the ghastly ‘Clap for Carers’ ritual.
So successful has it been that even Peter Hitchens would have been be hard put to predict the health care gulag/dystopia it could lead to, driving the Lockdown Sceptics nurse to speak out against the ‘most wilful of lies’ that she has witnessed, in the hope that ‘such a grave miscarriage of justice for health can never be allowed to happen again’. For which we have to thank a combination of Government propaganda, NHS management zeal, and apathetic, unquestioning or at worst uncaring medical staff.
Nurse ‘Jessica’ begins by pointing to the inadequacy of information and protective measures that fuelled staff fear.
‘Staff were generally overwhelmed with fear of what to expect. The world had been warned of this new killer virus and I think many must have felt like lambs fed to the lions.’
She confirms that 100 per cent of the Covid patients she saw had other serious pre-existing conditions such asheart failure, Parkinson’s, strokes, diabetes and kidney disease and that with her nursing experience of more than 20 years she saw no specific difference between Covid patients and other patients with severe viral infections that she had treated.
She explodes the myth that staff were overworked. From April through August, she reports, there were few other patients in her hospital. On several occasions she had no patients at all for an entire 12-hour shift. That desperately needed surgeries and other treatments were postponed for many months was not necessary, in her professional opinion.
She felt ‘a terrible fraud’ when the whole country was clapping the NHS. ‘Once, when I was on duty at the allocated clapping time, the staff that had had a rather quiet day insisted that everybody stand up and clap themselves as well. I have to say this rather turned my stomach, and I had to make my excuses and lock myself in the toilet. I felt rather desperate to find colleagues that might be questioning it all, like myself, but it was clear to see that everybody was believing the media narrative.’
She despaired for her patients. ‘Many were very alone and afraid, unable to see their loved ones. I think my saddest experience in all my nursing career was in March when I had to lend my mobile phone to a dying man so he could say goodbye to his daughter. It felt utterly unfathomable that myself, this man and his daughter could find ourselves in this situation, and we all cried.’
It’s the lethal impact of this disease, or rather of the policy response to it, going far beyond the physical harm caused by the virus, that similarly drove Professor Dalgleish to write his article for the Mail. It is a truly tragic account of the terrible collateral damage it has caused. Two of the Professor’s colleagues, he writes, were driven to despair by the loneliness of lockdown and committed suicide. They will not be the only ones.
He views ‘the official Covid strategy with mounting alarm’. He continues: ‘As our nation stares into the abyss of unprecedented recession and social dislocation, the supposed cure is indeed turning out to be far worse than the disease.
‘I have become acutely aware that the widespread deterioration in mental health is exposed not only by the incidence of suicides, but by the worrying signs of anxiety in friends’ children, who are unable to mix in the usual way and are subjected to a barrage of warnings about the endless dangers they face.
‘Similarly, in my work as an oncologist, I see daily how the relentless focus on Covid is distorting healthcare priorities and undermining treatment.’
Surely, surely, Boris Johnson and his blinkered advisers who only double down each time their dire Covid prophecy fails to materialise, must start to take note of the dystopia that they have created in our society and stop – no, backtrack – before we descend further into the abyss.
As a society we also have to ask how so many medical staff came to be so compliant, obeying not just patently irrational rules but ones that were clearly inhumane. Patients, especially the elderly, were apparently left to die with no attention to their hygiene, comfort or dignity, while hospitals were otherwise empty and other treatments cancelled. How did our National Health Service turn into a National Harm Service? How did the gulag in our hospitals and care homes escape any external checks? Where were our MPs? Why did they not feel it their bounden duty to check the hospitals and care homes in their constituencies?
These and many other questions about the nation’s compliance and ‘denial’ must form the substance of an essential public inquiry into what can only be described as our National Covid Scandal.