@ Kathryn Edwards
I tend to agree- Although attempting resuscitation in children with COVID likely to be just as futile as principle cause of arrest will be hypoxia in both groups.
@ Nikolas Markert
I worry less about COVID than I do about the parasites that have been running this country for years.
It is because of those lurking in the shadows, and leaching all the resources that we are in this state of unpreparedness now.
This is not about bravery- it is about common sense.
Your suggestion that more consulting should be going on than that which is absolutely necessary is quite irrational and dangerous given that we are trying to contain spread with a view to preventing it amongst those most vulnerable in society.
True that elephone triage does have its limitations, and its own dangers. Unecessary prescriptions will be made and sleepless nights will be had without the security of face to face. Cans will be kicked down the road, and there will be a lot of cans to pick up in a few months time when the (initial?) viral wave settles.
2 of my colleagues have been off sick with the virus, another 'suspected' and others in the greater team have been off (and of course without the proper testing it is difficult for us to plan). I suspect this does not reflect a lack of 'exposure' on their part. The worrying corollary of this of course is the exposure that may have occurred unbeknown to patients.
I applaud the doctors in secondary care who are on the frontline, but although they have'better' PPE than us I understand it is also not as good as it should be and also in short supply as in the community.
When the dust settles on this serious questions need to be asked about the PPE and testing available which has been a significant handicap so far. However kicking dirt at this stage is immature and achieves absolutely nothing.
I have only 2 words for the GMC.
''I'm hoping this pandemic initiates the collapse of the NHS.''
Why the NHS?
I'm hoping that this pandemic initiates the collapse of the miserable bunch of f*ckers who have undermined and underfunded the NHS over the last decade.
There the ones who desreve it
People NEED an NHS that works.
Out of date hooky Tory gear.
Probably explains why our great PM has so many kids scattered around the place....
I wonder what this button does?
Actually I think we could have been a lot better prepared for this.
And deaths can be reduced if social factors are dealt with in the right way at the time it is happening- this is eventaully what contained Ebola.
The most important way to get the populace to buy into this is good communication. Perhaps daily priministerial reports to update on good practice and vew developments. (This happened during foot and mouth I seem to remember)
Unfortunately the leaders on both sides of the atlantic are chimpanzees with their heads up their own arses.
@National hopeless Service
Unfortunately some droplet spread illnesses are infective prior to symptom development(chickenpox a classic) And some people spread it because they are completely asymptomatic.
We just don't know enough about this one to be sure yet.
‘There is plenty of vaccine development going on now’
That’s going to help loads.
Yeah - the private sector rides on in to the rescue on its white f*cking horse.....
We are in this mess largely because of unfettered capitalism. Flights kept going well beyond sensible limits just to oil the wheels of business, and in so doing spreading germs around the world beacuse politicians were too busy crapping themselves about the economy.
When we look back on this how many truly essential business trips or holidays were there?
We also know that there are scientists who wanted to develop vaccines against coronavirus strains now- but couldn't get any funding because there wasn't any money in it.
And by the way- we're not 'broke'- thats just a lie.
When the shite hits the fan, which it will very soon, then a work-to-rule needs to be applied unless the Melchetts at the top don't wise up first:
..and I am sure there is a lot of other non important crap that could be added.
Hey NHSE idiots!
How about suspeding online booking so that patients can be triaged at the time of booking?
Contain phase was a bit of disaster.
Not sure why non essential travel was not dealt with several weeks ago. That is essentially how it got around the globe so quickly.
I'm trying to decide whether Mr Trentholm and his accomplices are stupid and incompetent or just plain straightforward evil and vindictive?
That might sound strong but given the current context the world is in, I believe it not.
Lions lead by donkeys.
Hee haw. Time to start a glue factory
This decision is a true measure of the CQC as an organisation.
Matt Hancock = General Melchett.
Thought I'd seen him before somewhere.
Oh go on. He'll need something to go with his Specialist Latte.
@The Cavalry Isn't Coming.
Absolutely 100% spot on.
And I do hope that all those who man the GMC will be answering the clarion call to join us on the front lines.