Dear Mr Hughes,
I had your ‘auto’ message. It came immediately – 20-04 10. 20 am -Thanks for your message. I am away until Tuesday 21st April and I won’t be looking at emails. If you need immediate help with something please call the Newsdesk in London. Thanks, Dominic Hughes BBC ‘News’
I have not from you since. Might I advise you as to your responsibility given that you are speaking to at least 10 million of my fellow citizens. Most are ill informed by the ‘media’ though most will have some idea as to how a bankrupted Britain will so badly affect their future lives, especially their children’s.
Dr Darmady is the second ‘corona virus’ death you highlighted. Brother Peter sent this link https://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/regional/basingstoke/18378262.retired-dr-judith-darmady-passes-away-contracting-covid-19/ She was obviously a very caring person.
The image shows obesity – that limits lung capacity, especially in the supine position. Were there other ‘co-morbities’? You should know. Earlier, even the BBC qualified reports of deaths with ‘there were other medical issues’. Did she have an autopsy with viral studies in a long established laboratory like Colindale to follow? Was she being cared for? You have told us only that she was a kind, good person but omitted that she was 84. I believe no BBC ‘health’ correspondent is a qualified medical practitioner. Is your copy, that the editors check, reviewed by a doctor? What has happened to that lady GP who is/was employed by the BBC for this purpose?
What is the occupancy of the 3,800 beds at the Excel conference centre? Mr Pym reported a patient being transferred from there to a London hospital. Why? More clapping – on cue?
This claim is common - https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/coronavirus/3886452-The-hospital-I-work-in-is-so-quiet?pg=1&order=Talk»Coronavirus
IheartNiles Mon 20-Apr-20 21:03:24
Half empty. Some wards have less than a handful of patients, some wards are closed. Most staff have been moved to wards so are falling over selves. While their regular work goes undone.
A&E very quiet. I’ve sent patients there who are seen immediately. The heart attacks, strokes and appendicitis cases are presenting too late. People with covid are waiting too long to present. If you get breathless then for goodness sake come in. I’m so cross at the initial advice to stay home until struggling.
Had a look through covid ward lists and vast majority patients are aged over 70. Hardly any patients under 60, those who are have underlying health problems for the most part. Lots more men than women affected.
It’s just a snapshot but echoed by colleagues in other hospitals.
I think we can / should start to move back to normal life soon for the well young people among us. I fear for the short and longer term economic hit. It’s crazy to have all these young well people furloughed or made redundant.
Do read down MumsNet Mr Hughes. The State Broadcaster makes no mention of empty wards with elective surgery delayed even more, and acute conditions held back by fear generated by the media. And read the testimony of my sculptress friend May Ayres in the East End. A vibrant society truly ‘locked down’. And read Milton Mayer on my home page https://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/
David Halpin MB BS FRCS
Totalitarianism: 'Fear is the greatest ally of tyranny' Postel?
David Halpin 20-04-20
Dear Mr Hughes,
I try not to watch BBC ''News'' but did so on Saturday evening at around 5.10 I think. After the erroneous reciting of 'death' figures ("88 people died OF coronavirus", with the constant background of a electron micrograph in colour) you then spoke of two individuals who had died of a viral respiratory disease, a virus which has been subject to manipulation funded by psychopaths such as Mr Bill Gates. Several patents entitled Covid-19 have been revealed - something special about this virion.
In an effort to be sure of my facts -
I was always punctilious as a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in eliciting as many facts as possible in diagnosis, and equally fastidious in sterile technique. You might know as a health correspondent that infection in joint replacement surgery is disastrous for the patient - literally acres of surface around the acrylic cement used in most cases to fix the components. At the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, Exeter (bull dozed under a Tory government in about 1994), where I trained and worked as a consultant, the Exeter THR was developed by a good mentor, Robin Ling, and an Exeter University engineer, Clive Lee. The design of the femoral component was crucial. It is now implanted world wide in a third of all patients undergoing THRs I was told when we celebrated Robin's life and work a year ago. After all Exeter THRs at Exeter, and at other centres of excellence, a long proforma recording all detail was filled in by most of the surgeons. They were then followed for years. I was told many years later that my THR infection rate was of the lowest. This to be contrasted against the first year performance of the Plymouth STC, set up with others in gimcrack fashion by a ''Labour'' Government under that paramount psychopath and war criminal 'Tony' Blair. The infection rate in the first year was 4% according to the Italian surgeon who head a disparate 'team' of 4 surgeons. THis would have been due to at least 10 factors. You will guess that my bona fides in commenting on the torrent of propagandere neronow might not be challenged. Neither my training nor my continued learning up to my 80th birthday 14-04-40.
I am asking you to think about your duty, with many others in the 'media', to the truth, and to your duty towards corroboration. I recall the need for two independent sources. To be sure of my facts I sought this 'news' on the BBC i player. Not to be found but I got a 84 minute version which included a long, spliced in 'World News'. I viewed the whole yesterday morning. I made copious notes. But I will focus on a Dr Darmady. She was the second death you spoke of without context after I think, a victim of Asian origin. You mentioned that she had been associated with a medical charity I believe. Brief facts are in my Medical Directory of 2003. Judith Mary Darmady qualified at St Bart's in 1961. I qualified at St Mary's in 1964. She would have been at least 84 at her very recent death. She has been a consultant paediatrician at Basingstoke with suitable higher qualifications.
Was she a sprightly 84? She might well have been. 'Blue stocking' doctors were often exceptional human beings and obesity and sluggishness unlikely in them. But you tell us nothing as to her state of body or of mind. Earlier on the BBC would say with each report of a sad 'Covid-19 death' that there were other 'medical issues'. NOW, given the choice of your editor 'news' editor to highlight this colleagues death, your duty is to find out more about her. Were there 'co-morbidities'? In particular, did she have lung disease? Was she a smoker? DID SHE HAVE AN AUTOPSY WITH TISSUES SENT TO A TOP FLIGHT LABORATORY STUDYING THE VIRUS? I have already told on my web site, and to Hugh and others, that British medicine is on the floor in so many ways. The PM rate in NHS hospitals is between 1 to 2%. Scandalous. Pre-mortem diagnoses are erroneous in at least 40% of cases, and other pathologies are frequently revealed. I await further information from you.
Like Dr Darmady, I treated children. A few, weeping with the severe pain of osteomyelitis and SEPTICAEMIA (not the US sludge word 'sepsis' of Dr Daniels Cc - 'Sepsis' trust). More with deformity - club foot, CDH etc. About a third of my clinic time but always at risk of being overwhelmed by degenerative disease - often with added excess BMI. I love children. My Mum, of four children me being the eldest, loved babies - their tiny hands moving like 'starfish'.
In this beautiful spring your propaganda, fed from No 10 and other centres, has confined millions of families to their often tight homes and handkerchief gardens - for some. All these lies will unwind **, and the execrable and utterly incompetent HMG will be shown to be what many knew, but forget, with the black tide of 'Covidization' drowning them. Better the BBC turns tail now. There was a strong hint of that on the 'World news' on Saturday. The beautiful Dartmoor, the edge a 100 yards behind me, silent for the third weekend. No happy voices of children. Totalitarian given a 2019/2020 Corona Virus Bill 'nodded through' with its incomprehensible 300+ pages in less than 48 hours by nitwits who have not read 10 pages of the Third 'Reichian' mumbo jumbo.
My current maxim 'No mother and child should be in the least harmed anywhere in our still beautiful world.' dsh
I now append an e-mail received over night from my dear friend May Ayres, a sculptress of truth. She feels the excruciating pain of the child under western bombardment, disease, malnutrition etc. No sharks in formalin for her, or sauvignon blanc and nibbles at the Tate
David Halpin MB BS FRCS
** Jenrick CFI - see this World News and https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/10/robert-jenrick-pressure-quit-claim-mansion-family-home-called/ Wiki - his wife (three children) works full time at Canary Wharf. 'Canary in the coal mine?' - yes.
Dear David and Sue, 2.58 am 20-04-20
It is pretty grim here in London. You can’t help but quake in fear at the level of despair, frustration and violence that ismost likely being played out behind doors in tower blocks and housing estates. You can only imagine the strain on mothers confined indoors with young children with no access to outdoor activities or stimulation for their youngsters; schools closed, playgrounds closed and the burden of worry over finances must be taking a terrible toll. It is criminal. Domestic violence is on the rise and those who struggle with their mental health must be under acute strain. I’m finding it difficult to keep a lid on my anger at what is going on and bewildered at how easily people have succumbed to fear and hysteria.
In defiance I have continued to walk around the neighbourhood. It is so weird. The few people I pass on the streets are all masked. Many of these are sporting coloured masks, patterned masks, worn almost like fashion accessories. People avoid eye contact. (The exception being the Muslim community who, when making eye contact give warm eye smiles. Heart warming)
I was walking along Brick Lane a couple of weeks ago which is normally a hub of activity, all nationalities, all ages and which is usually a vibrant multi cultural community. But now the street is empty, all the shops are shuttered. I approached a couple heavily muffled ahead of me walking in the same direction. They glance behind, saw me and hurriedly crossed over the road. When I had passed they crossed back over!
But it gets worse. I walk through Watney Market to Shadwell most mornings to buy a daily newspaper for an elderly friend. It has always been a colourful, friendly Bangladeshi shopping area with market stalls and lovely people who always give you a friendly smile. But Watney Market is now in ‘lock down’. The only stores open are the chemist (long queues) and Iceland supermarket. I feel like weeping when I pass those long, long queues waiting patiently outside Iceland. Old folk, younger folk, wheelchair users, those leaning on walking sticks, those with walking aids many clutching shopping trolleys and all looking very poor standing obediently 2 metres apart from each other waiting for their turn to enter the store. As one customer exits another is allowed to enter. It is like a Victorian scene of long lines outside a soup kitchen. A 21st century touch to this scene are the surgical masks adorning so many faces, these masks often askew, evidence of fumbled attempts at feeble fingers trying to position them correctly.
These long queues are here outside every day repeated at all the major supermarkets and outside the few post offices that open only on certain days at reduced opening hours.
There are many community initiatives here in Tower Hamlets as well as direct council schemes that deliver essential supplies to vulnerable households. Tower Hamlets council does play its part in reaching out to the isolated. But perhaps many of the isolated just need to escape from cramped dwellings and they see the supermarket or the post office as a means for some human contact.
I guess I'm risking my sanity by spending too long hunched over this laptop, researching articles written by eminent scientists, medics and academics who are totally ignored by the mainstream because they don’t fit in with the official government narratives. Thank goodness we still have the internet. A precious resource that is surely under threat . Something else we will have to fight to retain. But my god, it is all pretty chilling the more that I discover.
I am heartened by your own words David. Thank you. It is so good to be in communication with other like minded souls. I have a copy of Milton Mayer’s book on my book shelf which I read many years ago. I have just retrieved it to read again. It was one of Mick’s favourite books.
(I have just re-read Albert Camus’s ’The Plague'. Very topical!.
On a personal note, I don’t find self-isolation very difficult because I think artists tend to self-isolate anyway. It is something that I have always done especially when I’m working. However, I do miss travelling on the tube! It has always been a good source for drawing people.
I also miss very much working with clay and I wish I still had my studio. But I am beginning to interpret emerging ideas through making low reliefs and monoprints. Not sure whether anything will be successful but I think it is crucial to keep working. I have also begun to prise myself away from the lap top each day and force myself onto my bicycle. (I’ve been finding it a bit difficult lately, to actually venture outside.) But once I’m on my way, spinning along on my 102 year old bike inherited from my Great Aunt Edie, it is wonderful. I’m very lucky that our beautiful Victoria Park is close at hand. There is always something I see to draw or to scribble into my notebook.
It is difficult to see any good coming out of all this. A tremendous battle is ahead and it is going to take a lot of strength to fight it. But of course, we will rise to the challenge!
Please do keep in touch.
Lots of love to you both
How to treat COVID-19: experience from 8 patients
COVID-19 is not ARDS. As other diseases, it fulfils the hypoxia criteria of ARDS, but lung protective ventilation is proposed not because of hypoxemia, but because of a presumed lung damage by mechanical ventilation. CT scan, however, shows pneumonia with some homogeneous air space consolidation, irregular with air bronchogram, and multiple patchy consolidations in all lobes. A 2 cm peripheral area is usually unaffected. There is no exudative component. These are cellular infiltrates, which do not respond to PEEP or prone positioning. We, therefore, treat with oxygen, mask ventilation, and high tidal volumes to meet respiratory drive and do not intubate until mental function is compromised, regardless of SaO2. If intubated, we put PEEP to zero, inspiratory time to 1.4 s and pressure high to reach a high tidal volume > 800mL and a pCO2 < 35 mmHg. Respiratory drive is, thus, suppressed and little or no sedatives are needed. Daily T-piece trials for 30 mins are performed and patients are extubated once successful. Up to now, there is no mortality in these 8 patients. (That is – wait for the controlled trial – dsh. His vital capacity as a medical student = 7 litres)