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The nurses’ strike: letter to Conservative politicians

Editor-in-chief

I watched agog as Nadim Zahawi went on the media rounds to brief – predictably- against our brave nurses and their strike action. With zero sense of self-awareness, he tried to paint their reasonable request to be paid what they are worth as “unfair” and “unpatriotic”, even at one point claiming it was “playing into […]

Disinformation can cost lives

Dr Dan Goyal

The power of disinformation is mind-blowing and it’s dangerous. Let me give you a very recent example that almost certainly cost lives… This month there were two massive publications about the pandemic. One in The Lancet – top five medical journal. The other series in the BMJ – again, a top six journal. The Lancet […]

Welcome to the Covid Fit campaign!

Dr Dan Goyal

Hey, guys. I have been working on something for a while now, partly to feel more useful and partly to take back some control from an indifferent leadership. Covid Fit is a campaign trying to reduce some of the risk factors associated with Severe Covid. We are in a much better place now if we […]

What does the new Covid-19 wave tell us?

Emma Monk

‘Are we in a new Covid-19 wave?’ asks molecular biologist, Emma Monk This week the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced we had hit a horrifying milestone: recording 200,000 Covid deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic. But look around the shops and on the trains and you’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Are we managing Covid properly?

Dr Dan Goyal

It’s hard trying to raise awareness of governments’ failure to manage the pandemic properly. It shouldn't be, but it is. Why, and why keep going: 1. There is a small but powerful minority who want the public to forget about Covid, even if that means more death and disability. Consumer confidence is hit hard when […]

Integrated Care Systems (ICS) are here. What do they mean for you?

WeOwnIt

The NHS is being reorganised again, and if you’re like most people you’ll have questions. So what’s happening? Campaign group We Own It have given us permission to reproduce their guide to Integrated Care Systems (ICS). In an upcoming article, we’ll talk about what’s going on in the south west, with information from Save Our Hospital […]

Long Covid – hope on the horizon?

Tom Scott

Some two million people in the UK are experiencing longer-term health impacts from Covid. Suffering from post-Covid brain-fog himself, Tom Scott had a look at some recent research into Long Covid and possible treatments for the condition. Last month I finally caught Covid, along with dozens of other people who had unwisely attended a friend’s […]

What will the removal of all Covid protections mean for England?

Emma Monk
crowded shopping centre

Almost two years since the first pandemic safeguards were introduced on 23 March 2020, unvaccinated people arriving in the UK will no longer have to take tests, and passenger locator forms have been scrapped. The testing rule had already been lifted for people who have been vaccinated, and the government removed the last of their […]

Pandemic mistakes – part 1

Dr Dan Goyal
Covid-19

The Covid Inquiry is due. The prime minister will no doubt try and dodge it. I am going to post on one major pandemic mistake a few times a week until we get that inquiry. I will focus on mistakes relating to clinical care or impact on health systems. You can judge how this government […]

Learning to live with … a con man

Andrew George
government guidance on lockdown at the height of the pandemic

Today’s Covid announcement was no more led by science than it was by politics. It was led by “Operation Save Big Dog”. Designed to save the skin of the PM. A man not exactly renowned for his honesty and integrity. Doesn’t matter to him that he’s throwing the vulnerable, the less well-off and frontline health […]

Why is the NHS past breaking point?

Dr Dan Goyal
Doctor masked up

Why is the NHS past breaking point? I wish I could bring you good news. I wish I could tell you as the peak of Omicron passes🤞we are regaining the capacity to treat the millions waiting for urgent and routine care. But, honestly, it has never been as bad as this. Why? There are streams […]

Is Omicron really that mild and does it spell the end of the pandemic?

Emma Monk
graphic of phrases connected with coronavirus

When the Omicron variant emerged in early December, there was a big split in the consensus between three views: “Omicron is mild”, “Omicron is just as bad as Delta” and “let’s wait and see what the data tell us over the coming weeks” Unfortunately, while the sensible scientists and commentators were erring on the side […]

“Daylight swabbery”

Mike Zollo

Starstruck? It’s not often that I derive inspiration from the front page of the Daily Star, but there we have it: this front page synthesised and articulated my feelings about the sheer bare-faced exploitation which has all too often characterised so much of the ‘economic activity’ surrounding the management of the coronavirus pandemic in the […]

Should mandatory vaccination for healthworkers have been a line in the sand?

Matt Hicks
medic holding syringe

Matt Hicks, a senior nurse, shares his personal views. There’s a lot of social media chatter about mandatory vaccines, especially in the light of the government’s U-turn on the Covid-19 vaccine for healthcare workers. My original position up until recently was that mandatory vaccines had always been accepted as being a legal requirement in healthcare and […]

Debunking the claim that only 17,371 people have died of Covid in the UK

Emma Monk
The Covid memorial wall

In my very first West Country Voices article I debunked the claim that “There have only been 388 Covid-19 deaths among the under-60s in the UK,” reported in various newspapers back in December 2020. Last week, a similar claim started doing the rounds. People were tweeting figures such as “only 17,000 people have died of […]

Long Covid – don’t look away. We all need to know

Michael Osborne

When I got Long Covid in March 2020. I was 38 and healthy. If you are anything like I was then, it is hard to understand how bad Long Covid is. I think that we all have an instinct to just… look away. But, please, it is important that you look. My own low-points: early […]

Who’s going to look after Granny? The crisis in social care

Anna Andrews
profile of older woman, cold and alone

I’m sorry to distract you from the kerfuffle over Downing St Christmas parties, and who paid for the redecoration of Boris Johnson’s flat etc, but there is something else which should concern us all. There is a massive crisis in social care in this country. We should all be aware of the possible implications for […]