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Please forgive me if this response is based on my ignorance.
1. When your patient seems to be dying, you fling yourself down on the floor to resuscitate him. It does not occur to you that the patient might be HIV Positive.
However, when the “Authorities” deliberately fail to provide enough staff and /or equipment, then I wonder if the staff should lay their own lives down?
2. This Covid is not a thunderbolt from heaven. It has been around in Europe for 10 months. Be it Britain. Be it Belgium. I question whether the staff should put their own lives at risk when the “Authorities” have failed to provide enough staff or equipment. Let us remember that there are more varieties of the virus than one. And infection by one may not provide immunity against another.
3. The lay press is all excited about the “candidate vaccines”. Although our Prime Minister is not as excited as he was when the Oxford vaccine seemed to be imminent.
Has he been told that the foreign vaccines are not as good?
Even when our staff are vaccinated, will they be known to be immune to the particular virus prevailing in our hospitals where our staff work? Will their antibody status be determined before they go to work? And while they are working, will their families be specially looked after?
4. A minister, Hon Kemi Badenoch, is looking into the reasons why a disparate group of NHS staff are claimed to be more at risk of dying from Covid than their colleagues.
They are labelled BAME - a term I regard as meaningless.
I wonder if they possibly expose themselves out of ignorance? Or, are they pushed into work beyond their training?