AT the beginning of the month it was reported that a supposedly peeved Sajid Javid was threatening personally to call all NHS chiefs refusing to implement the Government’s now more loosened guidance on Covid-19 infection control – patient isolation, social distancing, excessive and time-consuming cleaning protocols, rules for visiting and the like.
Well, the Health Secretary can’t be doing a very good job, if the websites of scores of raspberry-blowing trusts up and down the country are anything to go by. It appears that England’s hospitals would much rather remain in Lockdown One, thank you very much. So much for his ‘naming and shaming’ of all refuseniks.
For example, Dorset Trust say they are not scrapping but following two-metre social distancing ‘as much as possible’; no children under 16 are permitted to visit; all visitors to wards must wear not only masks but aprons and gloves; partners of women attending the maternity unit must perform a lateral flow test (at their own expense of course), and patients attending the emergency department ‘can only be accompanied by another person at the discretion of the department when appropriate’.
Epsom and St Helier Trust not only have a blanket ban on all visitors, but further guidance reads as if written by the Chinese Communist Party: ‘If you bring anyone with you for the appointment they will not be able to enter the building unless they are absolutely required to support you. As you enter our buildings you will go through one of our friendly [!] checkpoints to ensure it is safe for you to go in. We have introduced one-way systems throughout our hospitals to control human contact, please refrain from stopping to talk with people you may recognise as this will clutter the corridors of our hospitals and jeopardise the one-way system in place.’
These are just two trusts among many still bent on dwelling in hypochondria rather than reason and humanity.
Whether Javid is really ringing around his NHS foot-soldiers or not is anyone’s guess, but if he has indeed had to resort to a little irksome tele-scolding, then he has only himself to blame.
In December 2021, as Kleenex struggled to keep up with the output of the Omicron variant, not only did the Health Secretary announce that the NHS were to sacrifice yet more routine surgeries and appointments to pursue the Covid-19 booster campaign with single-pointed focus, but he also threatened to ruin the festive season with a lockdown.
He was determined to end 2021 and begin 2022 in the same corrosive spirit of public health fear and panic, the new state weapon against common sense and self-agency; his actions and frequently acerbic tongue helping turn the NHS from a healthcare service into Castle Dracula.
That he supposedly now thinks that restricting visitors to hospitals ‘ignores the fact that patients need to see loved ones, and loved ones need to see patients’, is frankly pathetic. That he expects the vampyric despots of the NHS to deprogram themselves out of Project Fear, without him having to do anything other than make a few phone calls, is pure laziness. That current restrictions on hospital visitation also apply to those triple or even quadruple jabbed is outright mockery, and goes to show only that the vaccination campaign the NHS sabotaged itself to serve has proved to be nothing but a tissue of lies.
Why so little and so late from the Health Secretary? Well, perhaps it could be the case that all along Javid has simply been waiting for enough ideological and financial commitment from both the political and industry spheres to the digital reinvention of our health services – virtual hospital beds, online GPs, the universal ID of an NHS app, hi-tech experimental vaccines and the like – Fourth Industrial Revolution-style healthcare. Only once enough support had been secured, and enough cheques written, could his spokesman then call the media to inform them that the public health Jonathan Harker was on his way to batter down the doors of Castle Dracula, stab Count Covid and allow a flood of tearful visitors to pour in. But at what human cost?
According to World Health Organisation modelling (emphasis on that word modelling), between January 2020 and December 2021 the global death toll associated either directly or indirectly with the pandemic has been calculated at 15million; indirect deaths of unspecified number they attribute to ‘other health conditions for which people were unable to access prevention and treatment’.
And so we shall probably never know just how many deaths occurred in England as a consequence of Javid’s, and his predecessor Hancock’s, shady shutting-up-shop of the NHS. The Government, we already know, is incapable of producing accurate models and is stumped by just how to count real-life Covid deaths.
Hence we shall also never know the domestic human cost of their race to the precipice of a digitised and dehumanised NHS, but you can rest assured that whatever that figure may be, the billionaire, transhumanist bloodsucker-elite of the post-Covid era will deem it a price worth paying.
‘Just because Covid is in retreat, it doesn’t mean that this digital transformation agenda should be too. We are now in an immensely strong position. In terms of digital transformation this is just the start. This is not a time to slow down and look in the rear-view mirror. It’s a time to accelerate.’ – Sajid Javid, February 2022.
There are 6.4million people awaiting treatment and untold others lying unnecessarily in Britain’s pandemic mass grave in that rear-view mirror of yours, Mr Health Secretary. But I dare say you are not much in the habit of checking mirrors, not having a reflection at all.