Malcolm Hutcheson

Malcolm Hutcheson

Notes in an unequal world under lockdown

I am not sorry the staff at St Thomas’s hospital treated Boris Johnson when he had COVID 19. Because I believe that people are equal and should have medical care freely given with compassion and care. But it is his belief and his governments continued policy, over a 40-year history to deny that treatment to the population of Britain. Continued, cynically applied, underfunding by the conservative governments has failed the NHS and this has caused deaths. For example, continued delays in cancer treatments has caused deaths, shortages in mental health nurses, again has caused deaths. Lack of management structures in procurement and planning is now causing deaths, because there is no one who is responsible for knowing how much PPE is needed and there is no department that can arrange its purchase and effective distribution. If we learn one thing from this virus pandemic which I do not believe we will but, ‘if’ then we need to learn that equality is better not just for the poor but for everyone, even the prime minister can catch a virus. So let’s start by making health care equally available for all citizens from now on. In my life I have worked in the NHS and in nursing homes and in care in the community, always witnessing the staff struggle with lack of resources while being overworked and underpaid. Early on in the outbreak my partner spent a total of 7 days in a Glasgow hospital with COVID 19. I have to the best of my knowledge have had and continue to suffer from COVID 19. We both hope to make a full recovery but we are lucky and many will not be so fortunate.

May 06, 2020
Glasgow, Scotland