Could there be a better demonstration of Tory priorities and their awareness of consequences of ‘herd immunity’ plan?
The government has announced today that it has expanded its mortuary capacity by 30,000 spaces as a response to the coronavirus.
What it has not acknowledged is the fact that, while the announcement has been made only today, the procurement of huge extra capacity for storing the bodies of coronavirus victims was made before the announcement that the first new ‘Nightingale’ facility was even planned.
The SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusively on 27 March that the government had requisitioned ice rinks to act as temporary mortuaries – but can now reveal that the procurement had been made well before then, at the absolute latest by 22 March and had been in planning for much longer.
Matt Hancock announced his Nightingale plan 24 March and the first facility did not open until 3 April, with a fraction of the announced capacity. In addition – and also not mentioned in Hancock’s announcement – the sickest patients are excluded from the new facilities and hospitals have to provide staff and equipment to care for those they are allowed to transfer there, making the ‘Nightingales’ little more than a PR stunt.
And while the mortuary requisitions and the PR stunt were going on, the Tories were still not obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS and other front-line staff who they knew would be faced with such a scale of catastrophe – and they are still not even now, with supplies of some types of PPE now completely out of stock.
The Tories’ ‘herd immunity’ plan was announced around 12 March, coinciding with the mortuary preparations. The SKWAWKBOX warned – and experts now admit – that it would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands or even millions of our people.
Preparations for – and plans to allow – a huge number of avoidable deaths first, with extra NHS capacity only an afterthought when the public outcry grew too large. And even then, a sham for appearances rather than anything substantial.
Could anything better sum up Tory contempt for the rest of us and their disregard for the value of our lives?
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