Doctors treating coronavirus victims ‘left to die like lambs to the slaughter’

A furious A&E doctor who is treating coronavirus patients claims the government has left medics to die like “lambs to the slaughter”.

The anonymous doctor from the north of England has lashed out at the government and described the scenes at his hospital as “utter carnage”.

He claims doctors have been given “crappy paper masks” and not enough protective gear to wear while treating coronavirus patients.

In a series of tweets posted earlier today by palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke on his behalf, she slammed Health Secretary Matt Hancock for putting doctors at risk and branded it a "betrayal".

It comes as the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs this afternoon that as many as 55,000 people in the UK could already have the killer virus.

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The A&E doctor, based in the North of England, told Dr Clarke many healthcare professionals are resigned to the fact some of their colleagues will die.

He said: “The herd immunity plan was always going to end up with thousands of sick, infectious people swamping the hospitals.

“Did no-one actually think about the doctors and nurses who are going to die because of this plan? Did no-one think to start stockpiling PPE in January?

“Matt Hancock is totally deluded if he thinks ventilators are what’s key here. What’s the point of ventilators if the doctors and nurses who need to use him are already dead?

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The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are:

  • a dry, persistent cough
  • a fever

If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate yourself for seven days.

It is not necessary to call NHS 111 unless your symptoms get more severe.

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“How can they not be protecting the very people they are asking to look after the patients?”

“I mean even if they don’t give a s*** about NHS staff – and clearly they don’t – don’t they actually want a healthy workforce to care for the patients? Who looks after the patients when the doctors start dying?”

“I feel betrayed, I feel scared, I feel like we are basically lambs to the slaughter. Paper masks and plastic aprons. What a f****** betrayal.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday the NHS would be cancelling non-emergency procedures to focus on fighting Covid-19.

The government also advised against gatherings at pubs and restaurants, and for over-70s to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks.

When should you call NHS 111?

Those experiencing coronavirus symptoms, such as a cough or fever, should self-isolate for 14 days.

You should stay at home if you or or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough – even if it's mild.

  • Everyone in your household must stay at home for 14 days and keep away from others
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  • Only call 111 if you can't get online, you feel like you can't cope at home, or your symptoms do not get better after the seven days.
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This came after a report by scientists at Imperial College London who warned the government that if they didn’t change course a quarter of a million people would die in a “catastrophic epidemic”.

The furious doctor added: “It is absolute carnage in A&E. Utter chaos. We don’t have any proper PPE [protective gear]. We are being given crappy paper masks, not the FFP3 masks we need.

“And not everyone even gets those. Literally the doctors seeing the sickest patients, the ones with suspected heart attacks, PEs, sepsis – all they have to protect themselves is a bit of paper across their mouth as if that would ever do anything to protect them.

“There are all the Covid patients but then there are also all the other severely sick patients. People aren’t stopping having RTAs and heart attacks and strokes and broken hips, are they? It’s all here and it’s utter carnage.

“I am in shock. I feel like we are being thrown to the wolves here. Some of us are going to die. We know some will die.

"And the government just clearly doesn’t give a s*** about us, do they? I mean, we’ve known since January this was coming. We all knew it.”

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