Shilo wrote: ↑
Wed May 20, 2020 10:17 am
There are a lot of factors governing he spread of the virus and as one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, with the busiest transport hubs it could be predicted that we would be more affected than others. When you couple that with the government being slow off the mark it is not surprising that we have been badly affected. By the time they started following scientific advice it was already too late. Boho and Co were distracted by other matters until the end of January.
On A bright note it’s nice to know we’re still number one in the world at something. Even if it is deaths per million.
From the start I was actually glad that the Government here was heeding what the scientists, i.e. SAGE were telling them instead of over-reacting. Now I am still not blaming the Government for the UK reacting late and letting the virus get such a foothold. SAGE have now basically admitted that they got it wrong. I am not going to blame the Government for doing what they should do and listening to the experts, the experts on the other hand... I hope they realise how many deaths they are responsible for! The lack of PPE, doesn't surprise me at all, finances have been cut to the bone for many years now, with every Government department being hammered by cuts. What is the priority? daily business and trying to meet the ongoing commitments of each department. Where can they achieve cuts? I can't talk about my own area, but lets think about, erm the Health service, that'll work: Their funds are limited, they have to make sure people leave hospitals on foot/wheels rather than in boxes. To do that they need materials, equipment, drugs and people who know how to work them, as well as people to keep these things clean, move people around, stick legs back on, pull little people out of big people etc. So they have to struggle to find ways to reduce expenditure (Yes I know and wish they would cut the waste of money on highly paid consultants, accountants, PFI deals etc. but that's not going to happen! some forms of criminal waste will never be stopped). When a department is strapped for cash, where are the priorities? saving lives, not having a big shed full of unused PPE. Even nitrile gloves have a use by date, same for facemasks and filters. If you have say 100,000 masks as an emergency stock that is a lot of capital tied up in a shed, to be thrown away and a fresh stock bought every 5 years, for something that hasn't happened what, since Spanish flu? How high a priority was that, before COVID? Even if they had realised what was coming when the first warnings started in January, how quickly can they build a stock up? Against that, apparently there were warnings about the disaster stockpile being in a bad way which were ignored. As someone who works for the Government, my guess would be that the Government probably never heard those warnings, someone a bit lower down the tree probably kept it quiet rather than incur the wrath from above, nothing I have heard but thirty odd years in the civil service leads me to that suspicion. What could be done to prevent this happening again?
Yes, listen to scientists, but have good scientists!, I do not know, but am guessing that the disaster stockpile of stuff is in the hands of some private cost cutting company, who only care about their shareholders, that sort of "war stock" is never going to make money, private hands who want to make a profit should not be involved, the Government should have full control and ownership of that sort of thing. If the Government want local councils to maintain their own stockpiles it should fund them to do it and oversee their arrangements. Damn it I been finking about fings again! I must be sober! enough alrighty!
Summary: viruses are bad, Governments aren't much better!