Our MP Jeremy Hunt who helped to leave us totally unprepared for the Covid-19 pandemic.
So who better to chair an influential Commons committee responsible for scrutinising the Government’s NHS and social care performance than… yes, you guessed. The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt our MP for South West Surrey!
After 15 years as our MP, The Hon Jeremy has also just recognised that Farnham’s serious air quality and traffic issues should have been dealt with.
Wow! Halleluiah!! Now spurred on by his showing in the general election, along with others, he now pledges to find a solution to air quality issues that are disappearing as we write. Due to the unforeseen benefit of the virus which has traffic disappearing like magic from our streets.
Whilst campaigning to become our next Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt made the jaw-dropping admission that he had been responsible for the cuts to health and social care. And as they say down on the farm – all the chickens are now coming home to roost. For weeks he has been pontificating about one thing and another. Calling for a massive ramping up of testing. As the longest Secretary of State for Health shouldn’t he have ensured there were adequate infection controls and apparatus available to deal with a pandemic, should one ever arise?
So where were you, Jeremy, when you ignored The Cygnus Exercise findings? Busy purchasing Bye to Lets or fighting junior doctors?
How do we ever learn lessons if we don’t look back on past mistakes?
In 2016 the Government conducted a full-scale pandemic response exercise called ‘Cygnus’. The purpose of this was to understand the areas of strain in the NHS should there be a viral pandemic. It had many findings, but three stand out:
A lack of critical care beds;
A lack of ventilators;
A lack of personal, protective equipment (PPE).
‘Your Waverley’s’ Deputy Leader Paul Follows has dared to speak out and has been trolled for doing so by non-other than Mr.Hunt’s Election Agent Sean-Donovan-Smith, who accuses him of politicising the Coronavirus epidemic. Perish the thought that SDS would ever do such a thing! A couple of other Tory trolls also waded in on social media, because they just can’t get over losing control of Waverley Council.. We will post on Cllr Follows letter to JH with his comments in a later post.
Now Mr Hunt is calling for changes to social care. The very same social care that has been galloping towards the abyss for years, under his 16 year watch. Now judgment day has arrived and thousands of old people have died, or have been seriously injured by the Covid-19 epidemic together with their grieving families. In nursing homes where there has been, up until a week ago – no testing and without PPE. By a Government that has just woken up to the fact that the elderly, living cheek by jowel in nursing homes are – “vulnerable.” Welcome to the Planet Zonk?
Mr. Hunt has now been elected chair of an influential Commons committee responsible for scrutinising the government’s NHS and social care performance.
He is no doubt well aware by now that here in his constituency like others in Surrey the County Council can only provide care at home to those in ‘critical need’ and we have evidence that not all even those will ever receive care!
The social care system also relies on nursing home residents paying top whack until all their funds dry up, to subsidise local authority residents as the fees the council pay is considerably lower. Many care homes around the country are now in crisis and carers unprepared for the coronavirus that homes face. Mr. Hunt, the longest-serving health secretary and a cabinet minister in both David Cameron and Theresa May’s administration, defeated Tory rivals to head the committee in a secret ballot.