We have heard enough excuses from the UK government. They keep promising to deliver on protective clothing for our doctors and nurses, and they promise to roll out testing in the population. In both, they have failed to deliver.
We must stand by our frontline staff. They must have the protective equipment they need. We also need urgently now to roll out testing to the public so we know what is happening and who has built immunity, else we are acting in the dark.
We need honesty now from the government about the difficulties in doing that. It is vital that the authorities maintain public trust. That can only come from honesty. This is why it is vital that our doctors and nurses must be free from threats so they can also be honest in their appraisal of what is happening on the ground.
There should be no gagging of doctors and nurses. We are all in this together. Every day our frontline is putting themselves and their families at risk to help us fight this virus. We owe it to them to be on their side. Many of them have come out of retirement or been moved from other departments to work with COVID-19 patents. Let's not applaud only then to turn a blind eye.
It is scandalous that health workers are being gagged from speaking out about PPE shortages. The lack of protective equipment is a danger not only to the health care staff but also to patients.
We need honesty from the authorities not suppression of vital information. Trust matters when the government are taking sweeping powers to fight the virus. We have to know that they are not suppressing freedom of speech, particularly where it is vital for safety and health.
The government has a lot to answer for in explaining why there are still shortages when they have repeatedly denied it. The same is so for testing. We are repeatedly told that it would be rolled out in days, when in fact it is more likely to be towards the end of April. We are doing our bit, the government must do theirs.