A paramedic who’s supposedly still waiting for his coronavirus result five weeks after taking the test has slammed the Government for abandoning NHS staff from the beginning.
Dan Bradshaw, from Leeds, was one of several health care workers to write into the BBC’s Question Time to reprimand the response to the pandemic and according to figures, Britain could be set to have the highest mortality rate from COVID 19 across all of Europe, even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country is passed the peak, yet the Government is still failing to give PPE and sufficient testing to frontline health care workers.
Dan Bradshaw is a frontline health care worker and was tested around five weeks ago, but still hasn’t had his results and demanded, “When is the Government going to get a grip?”.
It came after leading geneticist Sir Paul Nurse criticised the UK for being unprepared and playing catch up for this whole pandemic and he pointed to the unpublished findings of Exercise Cygnus in 2016, which inferred that Britain could be easily defeated in a health crisis due to absence of preparation and resources.
Was the NHS well enough funded to take that report seriously and lead when the pandemic took place, in actually getting on the front foot? Because we’ve been playing catch up for this entire pandemic and when it’s analysed we’ll see that the government didn’t do particularly well, and it was the government’s lack of preparation which was the source of our trouble.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated the point was to have tests available and stated that the United Kingdom was on course to get at least pretty close to the 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month.
He stated that the testing capacity was there but stated that it was a tremendous struggle to build this up and that ideally if they could do this all again, they would have wanted 100,000 testing capacity from the outset.
Nevertheless, he revealed he didn’t know what had happened in the case of Dan Bradshaw’s test results but urged all health care workers to go online and arrange to test and he added that the new tracing app will be ready in the middle of May, describing it as an essential part of taking us forward.
However, Sir Paul Nurse said that the 100,000 mark is simply a figure with a bunch of noughts in it and it appears as if it was a bit of a PR stunt which has gone a tad wrong.
It simply sounds good but we shouldn’t get hung up on that. The real truth is that if we’d had local testing connected to local hospitals we could have made hospitals a safe place but the former Chancellor and now editor of the Evening Standard George Osborne stated that the picture wasn’t necessarily as grim as the one Sir Paul Nurse outlined, implying Britain’s response had been somewhere in the middle.
But these people are Tory party members and activists, and they’re simply sniping and point-scoring which antagonises people, even more so with the pandemic and they offer blank solutions beyond their sniping and point-scoring, which further weakens everything they say.
And why is little snorting George Osborne giving his appraisal? He was hopeless when he was an MP and I suppose his current job is simply a title while proper grown-ups actually run the newspaper.