Dr Amir Emotionally Recalls Care Home Patients Discharged From Hospital Without Covid Tests | GMBMay 31, 2021
this Indian variant which has been emerging as a big impact s
carein specific areas like Bolton Blackburn, now it looks like the numbers are increasing, thankfully not from immediate
hospitalizations and in front of many of the newspapers that seemed to be the something that could ruin our summer and then postpone the date of freedom day of June 21, yes, that is the big question, so we have seen a double in the number of infections of this Indian variant, it has gone from three thousand five hundred to around seven thousand In the last week, 75 of the people with new infections have this Indian variant, so it is quickly becoming the dominant strain in certain parts of the country.
What we have seen in terms of
hospitaladmissions is a slight increase in hospital admissions, particularly among those people who have not received a vaccine or have only received one of the two doses of the vaccine, but the next two weeks are crucial, that This is what the experts say because there is a lag between new infections and hospital admissions and we need to know it. whether vaccines break that chain between infections and admissions boris johnson has said it is too early to say whether they will ruin plans for June 21 and he will review the data together with the experts and we will know on the 14th so we should not be distracted by the fact because what they say is that the case is a surgeon, but the hospital emissions remain quite stable, but in reality we are not going to understand that for two weeks, but it will probably remain that way. because of the vaccines, but only 44 of the adults have received both doses of the vaccine and it's both doses of the vaccine that protect you against the Indian variant, so it's all up for grabs over the next two weeks, gosh, like that Which I guess that only means a little. caution absolutely, yes, yes, which frustrates all of us, as you can imagine, or most of our comments that we've had this morning because I know Charlotte, who you were talking about this before, right?
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She is like you. We know that we cannot, this cannot end on the 21st. Freedom. You know we've been building all of this. Everyone has been really responsible. Why should we stop now when we are doing everything we can because the government let them? flights arrive if that's how everything has been changed, that's the problem because when other countries with lower infection rates were put on a red list, India was not and we knew it, you know flights were coming, it was seeded in the In the country now community transmission is the biggest way it's spreading, but it came through those flights and really that's a question we need to ask the government.
Can we also get your opinion on Dominic Cummings and Matt Hancock and the nursing
home? situation where we saw Matt Hancock trying to defend what he suggested regarding ordering a fence and protecting nursing
homes, stating that people being
patientsand being tested before returning couldn't happen until he increased capacity testing to a hundred thousand, although what Paul Brown brilliantly pointed out is that Paul's mark was that actually the capacity they only needed to test returning nursing home residents was about five percent and they certainly had the capacity For that, what was your experience at that time? because you were there on the front line, I mean, I was, I can remember it very clearly, it was just a year ago that I was caring for
patientsin nursing homes and they were being
dischargedfrom the hospital without being tested and that's not necessarily the fault of to the hospitals because they didn't have the test to evaluate them and they were only asked to test people who were admitted to the hospital instead of being
dischargedand we saw it spread through the nursing home, certainly, the nursing homes that I was taking
careof. and I get really excited when I think about it, actually because we were going in and you know, I've been working in the same practice for over 10 years.
I know the patients in my nursing home very, very well and they were dying, they were dying. Due to this virus my relatives were not able to come see them, I was having conversations on the phone with family members when I normally did face to face, it was incredibly difficult and the treatment options were limited and I was not able to send them back to the hospital either. , so it was really very difficult and to say that there was a fence around nursing homes was certainly not my experience at the time and I think if we want to learn from this, you know this is It will not be the last debit that we have and we have to admit that mistakes were made so that we can learn from those mistakes and make sure they don't happen again and I think the sticking point for me and a lot of people is that they don't admit that mistakes were made and that's a real problem.
And I still have conversations with beret families about what happened a year ago and it's very difficult, but it's a dilemma, right? and we will be talking. to the Business Minister because he came a little later in the program and of course to Jackie and, as we always do, to get his opinion on this, but you know, we are talking about June 21. Hearing businesses say that if it doesn't go ahead, if we have to keep those restrictions in place and the argument from the Prime Minister has been, and indeed from his various representatives throughout yesterday, is that it is a very difficult decision to delay the closure. and that decision was very difficult and you had to think about whether to put the economy first or other things first, so when you look at decisions that include nursing homes, is there an element that indicates that when something went wrong, you can look back and think , while in that moment you know that maybe it was the best they could have done.
I'm not sure about that because there is no separation between the economy and people's health, they are very interconnected and we have seen that we did what we did. We've experienced it, we've all experienced it, the fact that they delayed lockdowns for the sake of the economy, maybe they actually led to harsher and longer lockdowns over the years and it was worse there, so no, no I really agree with that point. If I'm honest, it's okay, okay, okay.
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