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Exclusive: English NHS only started measuring staff deaths specifically …yesterday

Letter advises trusts of new procedure that collates staff deaths separately from patients

A leaked letter from NHS England to human resource directors around the country, obtained exclusively by the SKWAWKBOX, reveals that the NHS was not specifically collecting data on the deaths of staff from the coronavirus until yesterday.

The letter introduces HR directors to the ‘new parallel and rapid’ process – and confirms that previously staff deaths were rolled up into the ‘existing formal process’ for the reporting of all coronavirus deaths at each hospital:

At the beginning of April, the general secretary of the Royal College of Nurses told Matt Hancock that she had been unable to get any figures from the Department of Health – when Hancock himself could only say that ‘some nurses’ had been killed by the virus:

‘They’re not even counting the nurses, Matt’

Hancock has persistently understated the number of NHS staff who have died. It seems he had not even told the NHS to start gathering specific data until yesterday or just before.

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10 comments

    1. Doug – Tim Roach resigns

      The story has moved on a little since yesterday. Here’s an extract from the latest GMB statement (follow the link to read the full statement)

      “GMB received an anonymous letter, last Wednesday, in which a number of allegations have been made about Tim’s conduct whilst he held the office of General Secretary.
      An investigation has been launched and it is not appropriate to comment further pending the outcome of that investigation. Complaints which are brought to our attention will be dealt with appropriately in line with our policies and procedures and with appropriate regard to fairness and sensitivity.”

      https://labourlist.org/2020/04/gmb-launches-investigation-into-allegations-against-tim-roache/

    2. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a wretched disease and I hope that Tim Roache gets help from a good orthhomolecular dPictor very quickly. It’s a horrendously debilitating condition and can be mitigated with the right vitamins, amino acids, minerals and antioxidants.

      Our best wishes for an effective recovery Tim.

  1. Imagine the lowest levels to which the worst people may sink. Cummings, johnson, duncan-smith & co can sink 1000 times lower than that.

  2. Help from any health and safety lawyer please, but I’m sure injuries sustained at work has to be recorded and forwarded to HSE, especially if it results in death. So if these figures were not collected, that would be a massive breach of the law.

    1. that’s why the recording was deliberately frustrated. There is a case in law but the authorities actions have made it a bit difficult. Not impossible but enough to frustrate the less able and the less determined. Alas Ben, such are the penalties of enabling Tory A or B side governments. When the chips are down for the many, every effort is made to ensure it stays that way.

  3. Watched the cretinous Tory mouthpiece Stephen Sackur interview the Chinese Ambassador on HardTalk this morning – maybe a repeat, I don’t know.
    Incredibly, he put Trunt’s specious self-serving accusation to the ambassador – that China could have/should have contained CV within its own borders to prevent it spreading abroad – as if it was a valid charge requiring a serious defence.
    For the accusation to be fair comment there’d have to be an example of another country having contained CV immediately, and there isn’t – even with the massive advantage of the foreknowledge that China, being the first-hit, lacked – the US has signally failed to contain its own outbreak in any meaningful way.
    No nation has proved by its own performance that China could have done enough, quickly enough, to have contained it.

    There was also a challenge to ban live/wet markets. There are valid arguments in terms of public health and animal welfare but the unspoken thrust of Sackur’s argument was that pandemics wouldn’t happen if there were no wet markets.
    That’s complete bollocks. Viruses will always mutate and wet markets are only one point of entry. Birds shit, people keep pets, domestic cats hunt & eat dead birds, dogs free-associate, insects bite, crops are contaminated.
    Wet markets are a risk, but singling them out for attack is western cultural imperialism.

    1. In reply to your comment David – you are absolutely right. There is no evidence that the virus began in Wuhan but plenty of evidence to the contrary. My family have clear evidence from personal experience that the virus was widespread probably across China and certainly around Shanghai before Xmas. Any examination of European and Chinese surges of pneumonia cases from 2018 suggests that this virus might have been travelling around the world for some time. In fact, I found a paper submitted to a Chinese medical journal in 2018 outlining a massive pneumonia outbreak around Xian and suggesting that this would almost certainly spread to Beijing ‘and perhaps further’ in 2019 and would probably be a major pandemic. Wuhan was just where the whistle blowers spoke out.

    2. ”Wet markets are a risk, but singling them out for attack is western cultural imperialism.”

      Correct. It’s not for us in the West to dictate how other cultures go about sourcing/rearing and producing their food. Each to their own.

      IIRC didn’t the foot & mouth outbreak come about through contaminated waste food being fed to pigs, rather than any rearing/herding process?

      1. There was BSE in 1984, 4.5 million cattle killed.
        Foot & mouth in 2001, between 6 million and 10 million animals killed.
        And we dare to criticise other nations where farming and bringing produce to market is done as humans have done it for millennia – I’m not saying the old methods are superior, far from it – I believe in science.
        What we in the west have, however, is not science.
        What we have is the forcing of nature by capitalism using the tools of science for the wholly unscientific purpose of maximising financial return for the producer, with no regard for the needs of wider society.

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