Tuesday 28 April

Sections of the media came under fire this morning for failing to cover or covering very superficially the scandal revealed by Panorama last night. This centred on the discovery that the government was counting each single glove as an item of PPE in order to misrepresent the figures and imply they were meeting demand whenContinue reading “Tuesday 28 April”

Monday 27 April

As the PM returned to work today, interestingly promising to be transparent and to involve opposition parties in lockdown exit planning, the Guardian suggested 6 urgent tasks lay in his already challenging in-tray. Besides the obvious lockdown strategy (about which ministers are said to disagree), the other 5 concern testing (claim of reaching 100,000 aContinue reading “Monday 27 April”

Sunday 26 April

Continuing the theme for a moment of one of the hidden costs of the pandemic (worsening symptoms and deaths due to the postponement or cancellation of urgent treatment for life threatening conditions, mental health crises etc), Independent health correspondent Shaun Lintern challenged the BBC this morning, tweeting: ‘BBC News this morning saying NHS intensive careContinue reading “Sunday 26 April”

Saturday 25 April

While people are still processing the news about Dominic Cummings’s attendance at SAGE meetings, it emerged via a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian that Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences. This leakContinue reading “Saturday 25 April”

Friday 24 April

A big news day – 19,506 deaths so far, moving up to the 20k thought shocking several weeks ago, but also the testing website closing within hours and the revelations about the alleged independence of the government’s scientific advice source. Amid continuing talk about ‘ramping up capacity’ for COVID19 testing, it was reported that theContinue reading “Friday 24 April”

Wednesday 22 April

Besides the daily death toll, another depressing piece of news is Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty’s view that the UK will have to live with some social distancing measures for the rest of the year. Today’s Guardian editorial paints a reactive rather than proactive picture of the government’s COVID19 strategy, presenting an analysis of what’sContinue reading “Wednesday 22 April”

Monday 20 April

As we enter the 5th week of lockdown, the government issued two rebuttals to the searing Sunday Times article, one saying the article ‘contained a series of falsehoods and errors’, the second concerning a Financial Times story on efforts to source privately designed ventilators. On another rebuttal, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told the SophyContinue reading “Monday 20 April”

Saturday 18 April

Today the UK death toll from COVID19 increased by 888, taking the total number of fatalities to 15,464 and we’re told there could be 40,000 in this first wave of the outbreak – terrible news all round. As the debate on PPE shortages continues, specifically focused on the likely shortage of gowns this weekend, Matt Hancock’sContinue reading “Saturday 18 April”

Friday 17 April

In case anyone thought the lockdown extension was to be three weeks only, Dominic Raab has warned that the measures could last into June as ministers came under increasing pressure to set out a detailed plan to ease the stringent restrictions. I wonder how much of this is a delaying tactic because there’s still noContinue reading “Friday 17 April”

Tuesday 14 April

Pensions and later life expert Baroness Ros Altmann is the latest public figure to highlight the plight of elderly people, ‘abandoned’ in care homes without the necessary level of care and care for the carers. It’s not surprising these residents could feel disturbed: those with dementia could struggle to understand why their loved ones areContinue reading “Tuesday 14 April”