Those who know me know I never swear despite 30+ years working on the frontline in the NHS as well as working upside down in the rain helping firemen free trapped casualties. This I took in my stride; indeed, it was part of the job. However, I am swearing now and feel totally pissed off. Let me explain why.
I am pissed off with grifters who are amassing a following on YouTube with their pseudoscience ‘educational videos’. They give no thought about how their messaging can lead to severe consequences for those who follow them.
‘Grifter’ is a term that describes somebody who can influence people in a way that will result in the grifter’s personal gain. Amassing followers on YouTube is a lucrative sideline for some and appealing to those who believe in conspiracies e.g. the efficacy of Ivermectin in Covid, provides them an ever-increasing audience. Sadly they perpetuate false information as we know that Ivermectin is not effective from well-regulated trials.
Antivax ‘influencers’ and pressure groups endanger lives
I am pissed off with those who push the antivax agenda for pregnant women. We now know that Covid is a serious issue for both mother and foetus (yes, the unborn child). We have evidence this has become more serious e.g. the maternal mortality ratio increased substantially with the Delta variant and stillbirths have also seen an increase in those infected with Covid.
It is vital that pregnant women get vaccinated. Those who peddle the false narrative that research shows there are ‘issues’, are very selective in what they share. None share the results of observational studies of over 175,000 women in the UK that show no change in birth outcomes.
I am pissed off with the paediatricians in the UK who have appeared to set themselves against vaccination for children and pushing a viewpoint so different in comparison to their colleagues in the US and other countries. I believe the delay (and denial) of vaccination in children in the UK is down to the influence of some vocal paediatricians (and the pressure group HART – see below).
Children were being vaccinated in the US and other countries long before we finally started in the UK. Now we learn that those turning five this year will not be eligible for vaccination. This is not just about deaths. Children have been severely affected by Covid, with significant numbers experiencing long Covid.
I am pissed off with politicians who were so naïve they accepted the evidence from the pressure group HART and promoted it in parliament. This group of campaigners have been responsible for false information that they have tried to share at schools in an attempt to dissuade parents from having their children vaccinated. For politicians to use their information without discussing with the chief medical and chief scientific officers to whom they have access, is unacceptably rash. Indeed, you have to ask why? What gain?
Misguided infection control leaves staff and patients at risk
I am pissed off with what is left of public health: UKHSA. Where are the recommendations about ventilation, masks, HEPA filtration, air sterilisation by other means? We need a huge change in the ‘old knowledge’ – we now know we can do better!
That brings me to infection control, an important department in every hospital. I am really pissed off with them. Having made us remove ties, be bare below the elbows and remove our white coats they now still appear to stick to surface cleaning and droplet spread. How else can you explain the agreement to remove the requirement to wear masks. Why do we have no one fighting for HEPA filtration and improved ventilation in our wards? Covid is now one of most common hospital-acquired infections. FFS, let’s get covid control in our hospitals! NOT spreading! Airborne!
I am pissed off we are not doing more to invest in research for those with long Covid. There is increasing evidence of vascular inflammation and ongoing ventilation perfusion defects in many of these. Have we a standard group of tests to perform in our clinics?
Sorry, but this could go on forever … about NHS investment, the scapegoating of GPs, the blame on everyone but the architects of our problems. They are all linked to the Conservative Party whose 12-year programme of austerity and failure of investment has created the NHS issues we now face.
I’m pissed off, and I’m not the only one. Enough is enough. If we want to have a national health service in the future, we need our voices to be heard. If we can’t take to the streets then let’s make sure our MPs know – there is only one way to truly save the NHS and that is to get rid of this Conservative government; hit them at the ballot box.