According to the independent yesterday :
“European countries have banded together collectively to procure bulk orders of ventilators and personal protective equipment, with the first phase now having secured “offers of considerable scale on shortest notice”.
The UK was invited to take part in the scheme, which is leveraging the 500 million-person single market’s huge buying power to secure faster and cheaper orders with less admin at a time of extreme global demand.
But UK officials confirmed on Wednesday that Britain would not be taking part in the scheme, after previously having said the government would decide which way to go.”
Well folks I am told that firefighters will be soon assisting ambulance crews, that they will also be charged with recovering bodies, a task currently undertaken buy paramedic and ambulance crews, and yet their PPE – Personal Protection Equipment is not only outdated and ineffectual but in short supply.
This also seems to be the case for Nurses, Doctors, HCA workers, Carers, Domiciliary Workers. Patient Transport crews, Admin staff, Security and Porters. The Police have limited PPE also. Those volunteers delivering food to us don’t even have masks or gloves, nor do shop workers, those transporting good or carrying out essential tasks.
The hospitals have limited or no ventilators available.
This virus though not strictly airborne yet, can travel through the air with a sneeze, cough or even breathing. It is resident on surfaces that have been infected and can be transferred skin to skin, it is then injested through the mouth or any membrane even the eyes.
The death toll rises daily and I now know of people who have died of it. It has been announced today that vulnerable infected people people will be given the choice of going to hospital or dying at home. If you go to hospital there will be no guarantee you will survive and if you are admitted your family and friends will not be allowed to visit.
People this is a pandemic. It is global. We as a country need strong decicive leadership not a bumbling idiot who puts his own Brexit agenda above our lives and the lives of those brave folks tasked with trying to keep us alive.
There is no point in clapping these amazing people if we as a nation continue to fail to protect them.
We need a coalition government now who puts people above profit. If we do not get this right now many many more people, our friends, families and ourselves will die before its over.
Its that simple.