🧵 Want to know why these legal cases matter to us?
Because we run a community of doctors; a network. Doctors don’t receive a lot of pastoral support, they found it with us.

And the stories I heard; the stories divulged, were enough to make your blood run cold....
There aren’t enough masks so use them ‘sparingly’, or not at all.

Don’t wear a mask in the canteen; you’ll ‘scare the public’.

PPE monitors; volunteers deployed to tell off junior doctors wearing masks in hospital corridors.

Emails telling doctors not to speak to the press..
More emails, telling GPs they’d have ‘no access to central PPE supply’. To ‘contact hairdressers or schools to help ‘make PPE’.

Cling film around heads. Bin bags pulled across bodies. Masks which didn’t fit many. The need to soldier on regardless.

And then the sickness...
And then the emails about caring for a colleague on the ICU. The bone-chilling awareness they might not wake up. Their own awareness; of course, they knew what could happen.

The deaths. The hearses driving past hospitals. The ashen faces, the faces which had cried too many...
Tears. The emails telling me that as a doctor, they felt numb, cold, and as if they had no more compassion to give. Wrung out, and still returning to their workplaces day after day.

The deaths and the deaths and the pomp and circumstance on the news. The empty spaces in car...
parks where colleagues’ cars used to be.

The bluffing.
The denial.
The cronyism.
The VIP lane.

Our members. Our brave members. Our brave, selfless, clever, dutiful doctor members.

They never abandoned their stations.
They never abandoned their patients.
They never...
abandoned their colleagues.
Not once. Not ONCE.

And that is why we’re going to court tomorrow against the government. Through grief, through outrage, through the determination that this must never, ever, ever be repeated.

We are @EveryDoctorUK

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