The good ship NHS faces being sunk without trace

ON November 9 of last year, England’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced that all Care Quality Commission-regulated staff will have to be fully vaccinated by April 1 of this year.

For many staff working within the NHS, this meant very little, but for a steadily growing number of free-thinking and discerning staff members, an alarm bell was sounded.

Now, as is often the case in emergency medical situations, the Ambulance Service - who know a ‘Code Brown’ when they see one, or perhaps more to the point, smell one from a distance - duly responded.

In no time at all, a Telegram group made up of ambulance staff, with help from a certain Dr ‘Ads’, created the ‘NHS100k’. It quickly identified an urgent requirement to find a way to muster all NHS staff in acute readiness for what is to come.

The NHS100k is specifically aimed at joining everyone across all existing NHS staff groups and in both clinical and non-clinical specialities, creating a show of strength of NHS and care staff who have exercised their right to decline this experimental medical intervention.

In less than a month, NHS100k has grown rapidly with close to1k members on Telegram, an 8k following on Twitter and more than 8.4k on Instagram.

The number 100k relates directly to the NHS Providers’ analysis which found that around 103,000 NHS workers are officially unvaccinated for covid-19 in the UK. This 103k figure of course does not include those NHS staff who consequently do not wish to receive booster 3 and beyond.

The NHS100k’s primary aim is to raise awareness and unite colleagues across the NHS and the wider health-care sector, to stand together in favour of bodily autonomy and freedom of choice.

NHS100k is challenging the mandate of any health intervention, including vaccination, and advocating for freedom of choice. Ironically, it is the exact same choice each of them must respectfully give to their patients before any procedure or intervention is conducted, or before any medication or treatment is administered.

NHS100k consists of NHS staff, including non-clinical and non- frontline colleagues, and extends across other services.

If you work for the NHS and feel that it is time to challenge what is rapidly becoming a serious threat to personal freedoms and careers, here is how you can access NHS100k.

#ThisHill relates to a military saying that ‘this is a hill we are prepared to die on’ - in war, hills have always held strategic importance, so much so soldiers have been prepared to ‘die on the hill’ to help ensure their side has held the ground. Such is the passion and strength of feeling inside the hearts of each of those who have already shown their support.

NHS100k are healthcare professionals who understand that they are perhaps the last line of defence in a narrative that began with ‘two-weeks-to-flatten-the-curve’ but has since turned out to be the worst box-set of all time.

NHS100k is a call-to-action, a clarion cry to all who wish to remain living in a society where choice over bodily autonomy is possible, and where freedom of speech is permitted. To be clear, this is about freedom of choice; it is not an ‘anti-vax’ group. It is about standing in one’s power, talking the talk and challenging people to consider where this narrative is really trying to lead us.

The NHS100k is pro-choice, pro-government transparency and pro-critical thinking, not another echo chamber of ranting and despair.

NHS100k welcomes support from everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, remain unvaccinated... and even the ‘vaccicurious’.

What can you do?

If you are an NHS employee you are sincerely encouraged to support the NHS100k. Are you perhaps reading this as a double- jabbed employee of the NHS, but are prepared to stand with those who have made a different choice?

How long before you lose your right to choose? If not you, then who?

If not now, then when? Maybe it is time to help hold the line and turn this madness around?

The NHMess is a ship that hit an iceberg and sank years ago. Yet its staff and managers dutifully swim around on its deck rearranging the deckchairs day and night, all year round. What else can they do? They have people whom they are entrusted to care for, and teams around them, many of which are made up of extremely dedicated people.

With the right action, this mighty ship can rise again of course, but with around 103,000 fewer shipmates from April 1, the passageway looks bleak.

To terminate contracts or undertake redeployment programmes would surely be one of the biggest disaster-strokes in history and would write off an already-sunken vessel into the abyss. This does not need to happen and together we can prevent it.

If you know anyone who is employed by the NHS please ask them to search ‘NHS100k’ and support in any way they can.