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22 May 2020

Protect our protectors.

by Jason Stone

PPE for Healthcare Workers: “Letter To My Unborn Child” - 90s

This extraordinarily impactful film supports frontline healthcare workers in their bid to force the government into providing badly needed PPE to help protect them against Covid-19.

Dr Meenal Viz and Dr Nishant Joshi are launching a legal challenge to the government's guidance because, contrary to the claims of Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, the UK government has gone against World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance and failed to provide adequate PPE for the 'heroes' they applaud every Thursday evening.

The film takes the form of a message from Dr Viz to her unborn child. It unflinchingly describes the pandemic and the way it has affected the world, before focusing on the dangers faced by frontline healthcare workers who have consistently been expected to operate without adequate protection.

This is not an abstract danger... many healthcare workers have died in the UK and it is reasonable to assume that this is in part because of the government's failure to procure the required PPE.

Having claimed in March that, between pandemic preparation and measures put in place to cover the possibility of a no deal Brexit, there were sufficient stockpiles of PPE to cover all eventualities, our government has twisted and turned every which way in a desperate bid to deny culpability for the shortage.

This included the hurried decision on March 13 to remove Covid 19 from the High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID) list on the declared basis that its mortality rate was lower than had been previously thought.

In an edition of BBC's Panorama broadcast on 27 April, sources revealed to the programme makers that Covid-19 was removed from this list because it changed the legal obligation to provide PPE for those treating infected patients.

In our deranged modern politics, many of those who voted for both Brexit and for Boris Johnson's Conservatives at the election last December hide behind the idea that it simply wasn't possible to anticipate the severity of the pandemic. In reality, the UK's government squandered every opportunity to tackle the outbreak effectively, and thousands of people have paid for their ineptitude with their lives... including the healthcare workers whom Dr Viz and Dr Joshi are seeking to protect through their campaign.

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