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The Only Way is Essex Fire Service

Let’s open up the mechanics of Exercise Cygnus, and look at the pivotal role of “Resilience Forums” in the UK’s pandemic strategy. Then I’m going to tell you the story of Essex Fire Service’s extraordinary cat-and-mouse response to our legal campaign for pandemic transparency. Resilience Forums – what are they? Exercise Cygnus has been extensively covered in the …

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Why the UK may have to think again about the Astra Zeneca vaccine

Questions have been raised across the world about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Many scientists previously raised concerns about the Sputnik vaccine but now the spotlight has turned on our very own “British” vaccine manufactured by Oxford / Astra Zeneca. The WHO has urged European countries to keep using the Astra Zeneca vaccine to save lives, and this is even …

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The Art of War (against the NHS)

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is used by corporate strategists to this day, and explains a great deal about what’s happened to UK healthcare over the last 40 years. Here we examine the possibility that COVID-19 has finally provided Sun Tzu’s “extraordinary moment”, and what that means for the NHS. COVID-19 presents an “extraordinary moment” in NHS …

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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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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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