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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 April 2020

Johnson's hospitalisation: a tale of two treatments

Boris Johnson, photo Chatham House/CC, photo Chatham House/CC

Boris Johnson, photo Chatham House/CC, photo Chatham House/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Tory prime minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital on 12 April following treatment for Covid-19. He had undergone testing at the first sign of trouble, while millions of workers with symptoms are told to simply stay home and see.

Johnson returns to a large, well-appointed, comfortable residence with a team of staff to look after him. His job and income are secure. He can work remotely at no extra risk to himself or others while in self-isolation.

A care worker had the coronavirus at the same time, and was treated with oxygen on a ward in the same hospital. Here we carry that patient's short tale of two treatments.

"Johnson was put in a private room at the top of St Thomas' Hospital. But then they realised he was too far from intensive care in an emergency. So they moved him into a room next to ICU with a whole team supporting him. Everyone else had one or two nurses to every four to six patients. Some staff seemed genuinely disturbed that he was in their hospital."

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In The Socialist 14 April 2020:


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Johnson's hospitalisation: a tale of two treatments

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NHS nurse: we're not wasting PPE - the Tories don't value us

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