Medics and healthcare providers hit back at Matt Hancock by revealing their horrifying WhatsApp messages from the 2020 Covid frontline.
An acute medicine doctor known online as Seahorse took to Twitter to “leak” her own collection of WhatsApp messages, showing the horrifying realities of the pandemic for key workers.
Describing the intense pressure on the NHS during the pandemic, she wrote about how intensive therapy and high dependency wards were full and there were no free beds for patients in need.
Due to the sheer number of patients, she told a friend that “everyone is waiting 14” hours in the hospital’s emergency department, calling it “an unmitigated disaster.”
One of the text messages read, “This is terrible. Looking at all the patients I’ve seen this weekend. So many dead. Never seen anything like it.”
An acute medicine doctor known online as Seahorse took to Twitter to “leak” her own collection of WhatsApp messages, showing the realities of the pandemic as a frontline worker
Describing the intense pressure on the NHS during the pandemic, she wrote about how intensive therapy and high dependency wards were full and there were no free beds.
The WhatsApp messages were released to highlight the horrific work medics during the pandemic
A heartbreaking text from the end of a shift said, “That was just a horrible few hours. I am broke’.
In another conversation, she added, “I can’t believe that man died. Everyone’s dead.”
“It’s all gone crazy.”
The medic said they could only take a 10 minute break during “heavy” shifts and didn’t even have “time” for it.
Speaking of hospital patients, she wrote, “Man just ranted to me that covid is cheating / man in bed next to him literally dying of covid!!”
While another text said, ‘Terrible stories here tonight. Elderly couple both found here with covid on the floor after 2 days. so much covid’
Highlighting the strain key workers faced during the pandemic and the horrific
Cherry Blossom, an intensive care nurse, also chose to share her WhatsApp messages in solidarity with those who worked tirelessly to care for those suffering from Covid.
The medic said they could only take a 10 minute break during the ‘heavy duty’ and didn’t even have ‘time’ for it
These tweets follow a collection of leaked WhatsApp messages sent over two days and show Matt Hancock and his team’s reaction to Mr Hancock breaking his own ‘rules’
She wrote: ‘My intensive care unit is almost half full, I am shocked that my patients survived the day’.
Cherry explained how newly qualified ward and scrub nurses who “hadn’t been anywhere near anything like this for a long time,” were “afraid,” despite seniors’ best efforts to teach them as much as they could in a short period of time.
She added: ‘At some point we will have 2 untrained staff looking after sick patients and 1 ICU nurse helping them both, so we have enough staff.
“It’s a bad situation and they want to come and help, we need them, but it’s going to be hell.”
One disturbing message concluded: ‘The horrible thing is that when this is all over, we will be nothing and nobody again’.
Paul Quinn from Newcastle shared a series of text messages with his mother who worked in a care home during the pandemic.
Messages from his mother wrote: ‘Damn another 3 residents died,
“Omg Paul, it’s a blackout in here.”
His mother later texted her son asking how his father was, saying she had contracted covid and was suffering from pneumonia.
Paul revealed that the same day the last message was sent was the day his mother was put on a ventilator. She later died on December 18.
These tweets follow a collection of leaked WhatsApp messages sent over two days showing Matt Hancock and his team’s changing attitudes about what to tell the public, from saying no Covid rules have been broken to apologizing for breaking guidelines and then resigning.
In June 2021, CCTV footage of the former health minister and his now-girlfriend in an intimate embrace was published, sparking a panicked reaction.
When news of his affair broke, Mr. Hancock told Damon Poole, the media adviser to the Department of Health, “how bad” the photos were, in which Mr. Poole said, “It’s a kiss and a heavy pat.”
The then health minister replied, “How the hell could someone have photographed that?”
Mr Hancock sent a series of messages to his top team and girlfriend in a bid to save his career – in which his media adviser described the photos as ‘a kissing and heavy caressing’
The messages, which were revealed last night by The Telegraphshowed that Mr Hancock’s affair began on May 4 and the CCTV footage was from two days later.
At the time, indoor gatherings of two or more people were prohibited and guidance was ordered to keep a minimum distance of one meter from each other.
Discussions continued throughout the day about the line they would take in the affair.
In a WhatsApp message, Mr Hancock tells his media adviser: “I could apologize for the whole thing – after all, I cheated on my wife.”
In a later conversation he says: ‘I don’t think I can admit that I broke the rules. I think I was just going against the clinical advice, not the rules.”
At one point he replied ‘WE DID NOT BROUGHT THE F***ING LAW OK’.
This is the latest revelation in a string of 100,000 text and WhatsApp messages leaked to the Daily Telegraph by former journalist Isabel Oakeshott, the ghostwriter of Mr Hancock’s book.