‘Protect the NHS’ must not be another excuse to blame patients
Yesterday openDemocracy ran a terrifying story. Senior paediatric doctors in the UK are warning that the government’s coronavirus messaging is putting sick children at risk. Some kids may already have died because parents have been too afraid to take them to hospital.Parents are scared of catching the virus, of course. But some also “do not want to bother very busy healthcare workers”.This is a disaster. For a start, the government needs to urgently clarify that the ‘stay at home’ advice does notapply to infants and children with a continuing fever. A prolonged high temperature can seriously e...
Orlando Bloom pledges support to Britain's NHS after doctors saved him from paralysis
Taking to social media, the Carnival Row star recalled being a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, when he fell and broke his back in 1998, threatening his acting dreams.Despite fears he would be permanently paralysed, Bloom went on to make a quick recovery thanks to the efforts of NHS staff, and in a desperate plea to fans on Instagram he wrote: "The NHS saved my life when I was 20 after I fell from a 3rd floor window and broke my back."Having lived in the US for nearly 20 years now it's one of the public services from home I respect the most."Alongside the post he s...
#StayAtHome And Stay Safe
New policing powers are now in force across the UK to encourage people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.The UK government has bought in a new health protection bill which contains new powers for the police to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.These powers give all police officers the power to direct infected people to go and immediately receive treatment or self-isolate at home. They will also support officers in dealing with those who are not complying with the social-distancing restrictions. The government has been clear that it expects people to do the right thing in ...
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Rick Astley to play free show for NHS staff and carers
The Never Gonna Give You Up singer has booked the Manchester Arena for 28 October (20), and insists only those on the front lines of the ongoing pandemic will be able to pick up tickets."Our NHS and emergency services are amazing," Rick writes in a statement. "This concert is a thank you to all those fantastic frontline staff. I promise my band and I will give it everything to give you a great night out."News of Astley's free show comes a week after Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott announced plans to stage a free gig for NHS staff at the Nottingham Arena on 13 October (20).©2020 WENNProvided by S...
Son of UK’s first surgeon coronavirus victim calls on UK to protect health workers
LONDON: The family of a Sudanese surgeon who died from coronavirus has called for the British government to do more to protect hospital staff.Adil El-Tayar, an organ transplant consultant in London, who had also worked in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, was the first National Health Service (NHS) surgeon to die in the UK as a result of COVID-19. The 63-year-old passed away last Wednesday.“Our view is that the NHS needs to do much more to protect the frontline workers (and) it’s unacceptable that in 2020 in the UK, there is even a question about whether the frontline workers are well protected and they...
Stephen Powis: NHS not at capacity yet within London
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-03-29 04:15During the United Kingdom's COVID-19 daily briefing on Saturday afternoon, the business secretary, Alok Sharma, announced the government will be removing administrative barriers impeding the production of face masks and hand sanitizer, enabling businesses to bring their products to the market in a matter of days. Stephen Powis, medical director of NHS England said London is not yet at capacity, but that new beds are being opened all the time. Another 500 beds from Operation Nightingale are set to be ready next week.© Copyright 2020 China Daily Infor...
We must undo a decade of disastrous NHS reforms
The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green was built in the 19th century in response to the tuberculosis pandemic. In 2015, the government sold it off to a private housing developer as part of its nationwide plan for ‘NHS surplus land disposal’. With London now the epicentre of the UKs coronavirus epidemic, a severe shortage of ITU beds will expose just how reckless and brutal NHS England policy is.The pandemic is being likened to World War II in its global scale and impact on our way of life. As difficult as it may be to envisage just now, this frightening analogy could also serve as a source...
Over 500,000 volunteers to help Britain’s NHS cope with coronovirus outbreak
More than half a million people volunteered to help the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) since Tuesday to cope with the coronavirus crisis after a government appeal for volunteers.The volunteers will "be driving medicines from pharmacies to patients, they'll be bringing patients home from hospital, [and] very importantly, they'll be making regular phone calls to check on and support people who are staying on their own at home", UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonsaid during a news conference."They will be absolutely crucial in the fight against this virus," he added.(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)© 200...