Dr Phil Hammond

Dr Phil Hammond


NHS doctor, Private Eye's MD, @bbcrb presenter, author, health campaigner & comic. 2016/17 HEALTH REVOLUTION TOUR DATES at http://www.drphilhammond.com

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In some parts of the country, 31% of care home staff come from the EU. Some areas already have a 26% vacancy rate. And on January 1, EU recruitment will plummet because workers earn less than the £26,500 threshold. A very predictable recruitment crisis on top of the Covid crisis.

There are 4 million doses of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine ready to be given, and thousands of qualified staff ready to give them. And infections are spiralling out of control. So why are we waiting until January 4 to start vaccinating? We could do all frontline staff by then.

The overwhelming lesson of the pandemic is that countries who have kept coronavirus at the lowest possible level have done far better than those who have tried to keep it at ‘a manageable level’. With exponential growth, manageable very soon becomes unmanageable, as we have found

Good news. We are testing and quarantining everyone out our borders from Monday. Bad news. It took us 100,000 deaths before we did it.

Vaccines may be our way out of this pandemic but they won’t change the social and environmental conditions that gave rise to the virus in the first place. We have to fundamentally change the way we treat animals. Until we do that, we’ll always be at risk from zoonotic viruses.

It’s outrageous, given what we are doing to children’s physical, psychological & social health, as well as education cuts, that you can’t ask a question at the Downing Street press conference if you are under 18. No wonder we struggle to hear the voice of children #covidunknowns 

What lessons do we need to learn from the pandemic? I'll kick off. 1. People who know what they’re doing (vaccine development, procurement and roll-out) tend to get much better results than people who don’t (PPE procurement and roll-out, test and trace). Your turn. No hate please

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Dear @BorisJohnson  & @MattHancockMP , for the avoidance of doubt, could you please name the 40 new hospitals, the timescale for completion, the cost, how the need for each was determined & precisely what you mean by ‘new’ and ‘hospital’? Thank you.

If approved, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be manufactured in Germany and Belgium. We have ordered 40 million doses. Their transport is temperature and time critical. Let’s hope there are no issues that would prevent free and fast movement of goods at our borders in January.

Dear @UKLabour  & @LibDems , I know you have both ruled out any formal co-operation to defeat @Conservatives  but, if only in North East Somerset, could you cooperate to unseat @Jacob_Rees_Mogg ? I have stood down to avoid splitting the vote. Please unite or he will win again. Pls RT

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. @PHE_uk  is under direct control of @MattHancockMP . If it has failed, he has failed. The National Institute for Health Protection is simply the Health Protection Agency we used to have before it was merged in @PHE_uko  in 2012 with 40% budget cuts. Hancock will still be in charge

Could anyone give me just one example of where outsourcing has worked really well in the NHS or indeed any public service? Perhaps the best birthday present we can give the NHS & its staff is to stop outsourcing vital services, and join up care so no one falls through the cracks.

Dear NHS & Care staff, if you are experiencing critical shortages of protective equipment & ventilators, & other serious safety issues, you must document them with photos, notes, email etc & evidence of who you disclosed your concerns to. Otherwise there will be no accountability

Mr Johnson was particularly riled by newspaper reports of Ms Symonds being referred to by ­Cummings loyalists by nicknames including “Princess nut nuts”. In other news, excess deaths in the UK are at 70,000 this year and we still don’t have a deal with the EU with a week to go.

A very thoughtful letter from a nurse in the current issue of @PrivateEyeNews ⁩. How we die matters as much as when we die.

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Trust simply falls to pieces if the people who make the rules break the rules. They’re just sitting on high, taking the piss and doing as they please.

The gravest warning about what the Conservatives have in store for the NHS was given by their ex-prime minister.

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