Health and Social Care Editor
In March 2020 the government published their plan to "contain, delay, research, mitigate". It was launched at the same press conference where Channel 4 News's Health and Social Care Editor, Victoria MacDonald, asked the prime minister if he was still shaking hands? It turned out he was. In the end, it did not do him any good and the plan didn’t work. We only need to look at the Covid-19 death toll to confirm that.
This was also the week that NHS England asked hospitals to find extra space to treat those who need infectious disease care. So, we have been to Warwick Hospital, a small district general hospital, to ask them what their year has been like? How have they coped, and what do they hope for the future?
This week, a year ago, the hospital opened their first Covid ward. At its peak, in January this year, it had 150 Covid patients. And while it is easing off now, it has left the staff shattered, physically and emotionally raw. We spent time with the nurses, support staff and a porter, Bash Rafiq. All of them have been impacted in different ways, but what they all have in common is their complete and utter dedication to their job, to their patients, and to the hospital.
They could all see a glimmer of light, but nobody could relax because to relax would be to let the virus, once again, take control.