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Coronavirus: UK Government rejected advice on National Health Service protective equipment three years before epidemic – A recommendation for all frontline NHS staff to be given protective equipment during a flu epidemic was rejected as too costly, an explosive memo reveals.

Coronavirus: UK Government rejected advice on National Health Service protective equipment three years before epidemic – A recommendation for all frontline NHS staff to be given protective equipment during a flu epidemic was rejected as too costly, an explosive memo reveals.

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  2. This was under Jeremy Hunt’s watch as secretary, and check this out hes come out recently and talked about how “heartbreaking” it is that the NHS has a lack of PPE when it was likely his fucking fault. He wasn’t affectionately known as Jeremy hunt the cunt for nothing, thank god Hancock is in charge right now because he appears much more competent.

    >Mr Hunt told the programme: “We are asking people to put their own lives at risk on the NHS frontline. We have seen the terrible scenes as to what is happening in Italy.

    >”It is absolutely heartbreaking when NHS frontline professionals don’t have the equipment they need.

    >”I think the government has done a lot in the last week. I think they have unblocked the supply chains, but there is this question about whether it’s the right equipment.”

    If you are starting from a position of low supplies in a global pandemic its obviously hard to procure what you need when everyone else needs it. It would be like trying to hoard food after the shelves have been stripped bare.

  3. What’s next? Making it acceptable to kill the vulnerable to re-open the economy?

  4. The US literally had a pandemic response team sitting around coming up with contingency plans. A guy who spent about 140 million dollars playing golf decided he’d save a few thousand dollars and dismantle it

  5. If you think you can’t turn up the same decision in virtually every country on Earth you’re misreading the room.

    Pandemic preparedness is an issue that’s been raised to the World Health Assembly for years. That means every one of the 194 member states knew the danger and made a choice.

  6. Can we stop using “explosive”, “bombshell”, “devastating” etc

    Thats writing the public reaction to the story into the story itself, so trite and editorialized

  7. The Conservatives cut vital public services for a decade right up to a colossal disaster then get praised for token spending and a fucking clap?

    Shocking…

  8. Honestly I’m a little surprised how surprised governments were when this happened. I mean, I know a little about evolution and in retrospect it seems completely logical that a virus with long incubation period and sometimes mild symptoms would be in terms of evolution in a winning place.

    Virus can go through so many mutations and iterations in very short time, until something sticks. I’m certain that virologists have known this day would come.

  9. Why do we keep using explosive memos!? The cold War is over. Burn them like normal spies. Jesus!

  10. That’s how things always work ,and yes its dumb. Everything is “too expensive” until shit hits the fan.

    We are shitting on everyone due to hindsight now, when the truth is we were all cool with this or didnt even care. We are being hypocrites right now

  11. Most governments are short-sighted and only see the initial pricetag of ‘today’ rather than the totalized pricetag of tomorrow.

  12. Tory, Tory, there’s always a bad news story.

  13. The same government that wants us to applaud the NHS, which we do, is run by the party that for 10 years has undermined and underfunded the NHS

  14. Politicians have trouble understanding cost to benefit ratios because too many think short term, probably because most of their careers have term limits. Those who thought that protective equipment for health providers was “too costly” must be astonished at the costs of a pandemic that kills hundreds of thousands of people and shuts down economies world wide.

  15. Thank god for brexit so they can finally afford all this equipment for a future flu pandemic. And don’t need to rely on a 28 country bloc to get easier and cheaper access to that very same equipment… Wait…

  16. It’s not just a matter of low supplies. It’s also that much of the supplies that exist are not fit for purpose.

    FFP3s have an expiry date – much of the PPE was bought after SARS, but has since gone past its use by date. Many were redated by the manufacturers, only to expire again. That makes a mask that should be useable for 8 hours, suddenly useable for a maximum of 3-4. So if you calculate it in useable hours, it’s even worse.

    Again, this all happened under ‘Tory governments, not only have they refused to buy PPE, but haven’t bothered to keep the stock they have in good condition. It’s pathetic.

  17. Check out this cunt Captain Hindsight wriitng articles. What will his next one be? Maybe about Hitler not being let into art school saving millions of Jews or something. Incredible

  18. Someone just sent an old email to the press because they told them this was needed and were ignored. Good for them!

  19. Remember when brexit supporters were promising that the NHS would be funded from brexit?

  20. You vote for Tories, you get tories.

  21. Did the memo explode, that seems quite dangerous, government also needs to see about finding a new supplier of their paper. I’ll be sure to handle any paperwork from them with care from now on. Dodged a bullet there.

  22. These decisions are based on risk. Costs versus the risks were too high. Most countries followed the same risk assessment. Hindsight is always 20 20.

  23. Newspaper digs up topical shit. People jump in two feet first.

  24. Conservatives don’t like spending on things society actually needs.

  25. « An explosive memo reveals »

    EXPLOSIVE KABOOM

    It’s so weird that news from the anglosphere always abuse a lot in their titles. It’s really like Michael Bay for titles. It’s like they are trying to explain you the emotions you are supposed to feel. The French newspapers are far from this kind of stuff fortunately, maybe other countries too.

  26. It probably wasn’t profitable.

    Don’t eat spoiled meat, #CompostTheRich.

  27. Seriouse question.

    How many non Asian would of followed this advice?

    I feel that other then the few Asian countries and to a lesser degree, Canada, who where hit hard by SARS and MERS the rest of world was spared relatively that they would not of considered the cost justified.

    Taiwan and S.Korea is doing so well, as they took it super seriously since they know exactly what it would be like after SARS/MERS.

    Even Canada themselves did even take it that seriously afterwards and only stockpiled masks (and only one province if I remember correctly)

  28. Well when you spend 3 years talking about brexit and doing nothing you miss alot of important issues

  29. I wonder what other countries also didn’t want to prepare for pandemics and epidemics despite many experts’ warnings and pleas years ago.

  30. As usual, short-term benefits instead of medium to long-term ones are the only things that matter to right wing governments. This is why they limit or cut educational spending, too. Save money now, lose it when you’re out of office and don’t have to give a shit any more.

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