Media has presented NHS leave changes as voluntary, but in at least one trust staff have been given no choice
The SKWAWKBOX reported earlier this evening that the Royal London Hospital has declared a ‘disaster medicine’ situation and admitted in an email to staff that it is unable to provide quality care – while preparing to tell intensive care staff to look after three times as many critically-ill patients as normal.
But the Royal London claimed it was in a better situation than many in its region – and that is being borne out as further information emerges.
And now Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, only about ten miles away from Royal London as the crow flies, has emailed all staff, telling them that all leave has been cancelled as the trust struggles to cope with the ’emergency’ situation.
The media have carried reports of trusts asking staff, on a voluntary basis, to re-arrange their planned leave, on a voluntary basis, to help handle the influx of COVID-19 patients – but in at least one trust, staff are not being given a choice and have simply been told the cancellation is a done deal.
Winter crises had become a year-round reality for our NHS long before the coronavirus struck, leaving the nation’s greatest treasure too weak to cope with any kind of surge, let alone the current third wave of a catastrophically-mismanaged epidemic.
How many more trusts are in reality taking similar steps as the effects of the Tories’ disastrous and frankly murderous mishandling of the pandemic crisis hit home yet again? And if they are not yet there, how long before they are?
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