COVID-19 and the NHS – “a national scandal”, comments the Lancet.

“The gravity of that scandal has yet to be understood.” Reports Richard Horton in the Lancet 28 March 2020 :

“When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government’s Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn’t follow WHO’s advice to “test, test, test” every suspected case. They didn’t isolate and quarantine. They didn’t contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that remain opaque. The UK now has a new plan—Suppress–Shield–Treat–Palliate. But this plan, agreed far too late in the course of the outbreak, has left the NHS wholly unprepared for the surge of severely and critically ill patients that will soon come.”

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  1. Corrie Louise Lowry says:

    It was apparent from beginning when Boris/Cummings allowed people back into country without any screening at all, allowing Spanish football supporters into Liverpool when things were getting grim in Spain, doing little testing etc, saying initially most people would be fine.Ignoring WHO on testing
    Boris & Hancock, thankfully with little suffering, have acquired ‘herd immutiny’ . This should mean they can not spread the virus nor catch it again, so in 2 or3 weeks they can safely visit Nightingale Hospital and see at first hand how their’ sciencific ‘ plan is working.
    Prof Willey & Cummings & Simon Stevens must be tested to see if they have contributed to ‘herd immunity’.

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