For more evidence on why to avoid a ‘four nation’ response to Covid if that means a ‘follow England’ response there is this from Shaun Lintern, Health Correspondent at the Independent yesterday:
‘Cancer patients at one of England’s largest hospital trusts have had their surgeries cancelled after rising numbers of coronavirus patients, which senior medics said was “affecting all our wards everywhere.”
‘Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust said it had seen a “marked increase” in Covid admissions and was NOW HAVING TO CANCEL SURGERY FOR URGENT PATIENTS “who’ve already waited too long”.’ (my emphasis)
The Leeds hospital message, leaked to The Independent by concerned staff, said two of the hospital’s Covid wards were now full, adding:
“It’s highly likely that we’ll need to open another Covid ward this week.
“We’ve got too many inpatients to manage this increase within [emergency specialty medicine] and the outlier numbers are very high – it’s affecting all our wards everywhere.” (Outliers are patients who are placed in wards away from the specialty looking after them because of a lack of beds.)
“This is July – it is unprecedented for us to be in this position.”
The same Independent piece reminds us of this: “Health secretary Sajid Javid has said the country must “learn to live” with the virus and warned that infections could reach 100,000 per day later this summer.
Chief medical officer Chris Whitty described the NHS as an “emergency service” that would have to cope.”
Any independent observer listening to the public broadcasts of these two ‘leaders’ would probably think that the Johnson broadcast was some comical , rather obscure English spoof of a real politician .
In comparison to NS he comes across as a poorly educated , uncomfortable public speaker who mumbles and garbles as he struggles with the concept of stringing words together in a coherent manner .