Our exposure of what was happening in a London hospital before New Year was (we believe) one of the dominant forces pushing the government to lockdown the UK. The media knew what was going on, but had no proof. Someone whistleblew to @EveryDoctorUK, and we took the story to...
the press. I don’t think any doctor could have received that information, of inadequate safe staffing levels, as COVID cases escalated, and simply sat on it. I recognise that the information was shocking, and for staff locally, our exposure caused upset and stress...
I won’t deny that, and I was wracked with guilt towards those staff members as the story exploded in the press. I’m still conflicted. How do you balance the responsibility towards one hospital’s reputation against your concerns for the entire population when lockdown wasn’t...
..in place? We’re fed a lot of info from a lot of sources. We knew this wave of COVID-19 would kill a lot of people.

Why am I telling you this? Because, honestly, I’m still struggling with this. I’m struggling as a doctor, in the knowledge that some NHS staff felt let down...
...I’m struggling with the stress my team was put through. And I’m struggling myself; the abuse I faced for a week online was so intense that I couldn’t eat or sleep. I’ve been wilfully lied about; called names I can’t forget. And at times it makes me question whether I want to..
continue to lead @EveryDoctorUK. To anyone going through trolling- I see you. I won’t forget how my team was treated, who was ‘liking’ the abuse. Who was perpetrating the lies. And I won’t forget those staff who felt let down either. I’m sorry our actions upset you. Julia

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I was trolled horrifically for a week around New Year. I struggled to eat or sleep for a week. And now I’ve recovered, and built my confidence back up, I’d like to say something.

Do you know what type of person it takes to put a hard-fought medical career on hold, to lobby...
for others’ protection? Do you know what it takes to take a £50k loss of earnings, which will affect you and your young family? Do you know what it takes to build a cross-party coalition of 104 MPs during a pandemic?...
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THREAD (1/3): I’ve just found out that one region in the UK has paused all vaccinations for a week, because they cannot find the staff 😮. This is because the government have not adequately supported NHS staff- the vaccine programme is a huge, largely unsupported effort.
(2/3) Many GP practices for example are very over-stretched, with staff working extra shifts and pulling out all the stops to deliver vaccines. However, with cases spiralling, the government need to step up and support by providing trained staff (perhaps by enlisting the army).
(3/3) I’m hearing that NHS staff in the area with paused vaccines are desperately worried about vulnerable patients and are scrabbling for solutions. As soon as I know more, I’ll tweet. Watch this space. 💥🚨@EveryDoctorUK
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