Since last Summer, the government have managed lockdowns based on the ability of the NHS to ‘cope’ with a burden of sickness and death. They haven’t tried to eliminate sickness and death. Last summer they instructed many hospitals to create ‘surge capacity’. This is essentially..
Some extra ICU beds. No extra ICU staff (we’re short of those), but extra beds. They like to say that the NHS has ‘coped’ because they incorporate these surge beds in their numbers.

Firstly, the NHS has not coped. We had far more ICU patients than these surge beds could hold...
Secondly we didn’t have enough ICU staff. The staff have done heroic things, but at times there have been 4 patients to every 1 ICU nurse (it should be 1:1).

Thirdly, we shouldn’t be managing a pandemic by judging whether there are enough beds to house the sick and dying...
We should be eliminating the virus

The government decided that a large number of sick + dying people was acceptable in order to ‘save the economy’

Instead they should have saved lives. The reality is that the economy’s lost too. They’ve failed on both counts

They’ve failed us.

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Millions of us, millions, feel outraged by our government’s behaviour. Feel unrepresented. Feel unheard in the media

Parliament is not holding this government to account effectively. Traditional organisations (certainly within medicine) are not doing enough. Our establishment...
...our trade unions, our representative bodies, are failing us. And they’ve been failing us for years. Let me use healthcare as an example.

In the past 5 years, nurse student bursaries have been removed. Healthcare workers on visas pay thousands even to work in the NHS...
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In my role as @EveryDoctorUK Chief Exec, I represent 1650 doctors. And (this is a little personal), that’s a tough job because our members hold me to account very successfully. They are a group of articulate, vocal, intelligent people. The only reason I can lead EveryDoctor... because of a massive group of people advising and instructing and feeding back. And we’re small and we’re learning, and together we’re building something strong. I never worry when doctors are vocal; that feedback is very necessary, it keeps us on course....
..but I’m worried now, because doctors have become quieter. NHS staff are tired, they’re under so much pressure. They’ve been under this pressure and it’s not letting up.

If you have any opportunity to show NHS staff kindness, and support, please do that. Please...
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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.

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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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