The Connolly Case – UK government argues against 50,000 doctors’ whistleblowing rights during COVID-19

Back in 2018, a landmark crowdjustice campaign saved the career of a young doctor who was scapegoated for systemic clinical and management failings in one of the UK’s largest NHS Trusts. The Bawa-Garba case exposed the serious internal rot which threatens the heart of NHS patient safety, but was diverted by the UK medical establishment into an “educational issue” about …

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The Pandemic Protocol – where is it?

Back in April 2020, the New York Times reported that the UK Government was on the verge of publishing a triage plan for rationing care during the C19 pandemic. The Government later backtracked, for “fear of a public uproar”. Medics on the front line battled on, heedless of political calculations made by the Department of Health. To put …

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New C19 variant – implications for vaccine strategy

News that the South Africa C19 variant ‘501Y.V2’ is spreading in Jeremy Hunt’s home patch of Surrey is deeply worrying. The Prime Minister has said, “We’re confident that all the vaccines we’re using provide a high degree of immunity and protection against all variants”. The scientific evidence for that statement is not clear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh19CUdanSU The South Africa variant …

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It’s time to learn

“We truly did everything we could,” said the Prime Minister as he announced 100,000 British deaths. That was a deeply worrying statement, because it suggested no insight, no admission of error, no change of strategy for the future.  His state of denial was challenged the following day with a direct question about the fact that the UK had …

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Before C19: the ICU cover-up

The British Government, the ICU cover-up and Exercise Cygnus The story of Dr Day’s protected disclosures about a dangerously understaffed intensive care department has taken on new urgency during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We now know that the Government – specifically an agency reporting directly to Jeremy Hunt– was sweeping Dr Day’s patient safety concerns under the carpet, …

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NHS in crisis – abdication of leadership

In 2017, NHS England submitted one of the most significant documents in its history to the Chief Medical Officer – the NHS Surge and Population Triage briefing paper. Population Triage – what’s the big deal? Why was this document so important? Following Exercise Cygnus, Dame Sally Davies – the former CMO – had realised that NHS capacity, after …

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London C19 and the English mutant

Close your eyes if you’re squeamish, but this graph from John Hopkins University shows that the UK’s COVID-19 deaths are rocketing up at an alarming rate. We gave Newton and Shakespeare to the world – now we are the home nation for a new highly transmissible COVID variant which is spreading like wildfire through England and will likely expand through …

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Surge Capacity – what if COVID-19 overwhelms the NHS?

Later this week, I will be starting night shifts on site at one of the busiest NHS hospitals in London. The NHS is close to hitting the “surge capacity” mentioned in an Official Sensitive report of the Health Department – and I need to bring this to your attention because the healthcare establishment is keeping remarkably quiet. For …

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Why you need to know about Cygnus

I guess you’d agree with me that COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. It’s not the Black Death, it’s not even the Spanish Flu, but it’s killed over 70,000 people in the UK alone and its economic effects are devastating. It’s closed the country down. Like previous major pandemics, it’s also had a transformative effect on society. …

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