The UK missed three opportunities to be part of an EU scheme to bulk buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers.
Britain reportedly failed to utilise opportunities to get things such as masks, gowns and gloves under an EU initiative and the availability of PPE has been a major problem in the coronavirus outbreak.
It comes as the Mirror started the “Protect Us” campaign on behalf of all those serving Britain at its time of need, demanding PPE for all NHS staff, carers, cleaners, porters, transport workers and anyone else at risk.
European medical workers are estimated to get the first of £1.3 billion worth of PPE within days or a culmination of two weeks under the EU scheme involving 25 nations.
But a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said that they were working around the clock with industry, the NHS, social care providers and the army to ensure the supply of PPE over the coming weeks and months will give the NHS and the social care sector everything they need to stop the pandemic, including working with countries around the globe.
It was further reported that they’re working with several firms to scale up production of existing UK ventilator manufacturers, as well as designing and manufacturing new products from scratch, and securing thousands of machines abroad.
They also said that they will continue to work with European countries and others to make sure that they can increase the capacity within the NHS and that they would consider joining in future EU joint procurement schemes based on public health requirements at the time.
And at the daily Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus emergency on Monday, First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the Government was working to give frontline workers reassurance over PPE.
The comments came amid concerns over a deficit of some supplies in parts of the country and Dominic Raab stated that the government recognised the significance of getting PPE to the frontline whether it’s care homes or the NHS.
He said that the most effective possible reassurance that they could give was that over the Bank Holiday weekend over 16 million items were delivered and that they were straining every muscle to roll them out even further and faster.
But the government ‘missed’ an open goal, that was bad luck. They ‘missed’ the bus, that was poor timing. They ‘missed’ because they weren’t looking because they were inattentive or did they ‘miss’ because they didn’t understand?
But it was none of these things. The government didn’t miss anything at all, they chose not to participate because it would expose the public to the utter madness of Brexit and it seems that political dogma and juvenile nativism have triumphed over common sense in this once magnificent country of ours.
The thing is, loads of people have admitted that they know full well they’ve been lied to by Boris Johnson and even his own family don’t trust him, but it’s a pretty strange country that we live in, yet people still vote for him and yet how does he get away with it?
And I don’t know what the government were thinking because everything they put in place was simply too late – all they did was ask people to wash their hands, yet they had the chance to clamp down on things much earlier and if nothing else, this country needs to learn from its mistakes and act faster when something like this arises again.
I’d like to hear a valid reason why Boris Johnson passed up the chance of PPE from the EU three times and until then I don’t want to hear Boris Johnson rambling on about how the NHS saved his life.
And this should topple Boris Johnson from his ivory tower of luxury where he’s up in Chequers getting waited on hand and foot while he allows this carnage to continue just because he doesn’t want anything from the EU.
And I’m afraid it’s this Brexiteer mentality that’s caused this ‘missed’ sharing of the necessary equipment that the EU has organised and now our NHS workers have to put up with the dire consequences of our Brexit government’s ineptitude.
And if this country doesn’t bring these charlatans – so-called politicians to account after the enormous mess they’ve made of this pandemic, once we get through it, then I’m afraid we only have ourselves to blame for this massacre.
The dire straits we’re in as a country isn’t the only highlight of PPE but the overall position of the government to not act, not just presently but in the past for the well-being of the United Kingdom in general.
There’s been a lack of response to emails received and lost which offered the opportunity to get more stocks of PPE from Europe and the government forever appear to be failing the NHS in someway – underfunding, staff, equipment and money.
With their slow response to act once the virus was acknowledged before reaching the UK and after and their extreme slowness to respond when PPE was offered, with lengthy delays and inadequate testing of infections, the list goes on.
As a nation, we will suffer because of their slowness and lack of forethought and provision. Innumerable lives have been lost needlessly and if you look at the headcount per population we will suffer much more than other countries.
I did wonder how long it would be before Brexit reared its hideous head in this crisis and it’s amazing with everything that’s going on that political ideology takes precedence over the welfare of the country.