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Author Topic: Food for our brave doctors, nurses and all emergency staff  (Read 886 times)
Cat
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« on: March 21, 2020, 06:46:57 PM »

For all NHS workers - our doctors, nurses, and all of those other brave people on the front line against this virus it is great to see that M&S has introduced the following policy so hopefully we won't
be seeing images in the media again of exhausted nurses and other medical staff unable to find food in the stores for themselves or their families because of selfish stockpiling.

'For our NHS and emergency service workers, who we will all be relying on in the coming weeks and months, M&S will reserve the first hour of trade on a Tuesday and Friday for them to shop.'

Brilliant initiative of M&S and even better if food parcels of good, healthy food could be delivered to staff at our hospitals through some Government planning. Following an exhausting 12 hour shift, or longer
at the moment, staff should be able to go straight home and rest rather than having to search for scarce food.


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Paris
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2020, 11:20:05 AM »

Agree totally Cat.

Those in the medical profession are working so hard for all of us right now, you're right food should be taken to them, not them have to search for it.

There are plenty of refrigerated trucks and vans in this country, how about filling them with essential supplies and using them as shops at hospitals?  Even better, give the food etc to these incredible people for free, they certainly deserve it.
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Watchman
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2020, 11:41:34 AM »

I totally agree with your sentiment Cat.
However, admirable as it might seem, sadly it cannot be upheld as there is no legislation to back it up.

I was advised by a Waitrose Maidenhead staff member earlier this week that, whilst Waitrose had clearly stated that the first hour
of shopping every day was to be devoted entirely to the elderly, the infirm and their carers and emergency staff, nurses, doctors etc.,
when they walked down the long queue pointing this out to those in it, only about 50% acknowledged and
went off to grab a coffee, willing to return after an hour.
The other 50% stayed rooted to their spot and would not budge, claiming that as they had taken the time
to start queuing early, they were not going to leave - and, of course, they entered the store and like locusts,
loaded up their trolleys.

As supermarket staff have no jurisdiction to demand to check IDs, the Government has to pass the necessary legislation
to ensure that the measures put in place are strictly followed.
Or else, place a bobby at the head of the queue to ensure that the request is adhered to.
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Bagheera
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2020, 05:50:39 PM »

I think you are giving locusts a bad name, Watchman.
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Cat
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 11:16:37 AM »

The landlords of a pub that has been forced to close have set up a service delivering fruit and vegetables to NHS and healthcare workers.

Bradley Richards and Trina Lake set up a stall outside their pub in Costessey, near Norwich, on Wednesday after deciding to sell groceries.

But Ms Lake said they then struck on the idea of delivering food to health workers after spotting a nurse's plea.

"We've been overwhelmed by the comments - we're in a bit of a daze," she said.

And:

Food has been handed out to NHS staff working at University Hospital in Coventry. The Langar Aid project, run by charity Khalsa Aid, said the food was donated by "a lovely family" in the city.
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Cat
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 03:03:36 PM »

Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital has set up a shop so under-pressure staff don't have to visit supermarkets.

More than 10% of workers are currently off sick or self-isolating.

The city has emerged as a so-called hot-spot for deaths from Covid-19, with 41 lives lost so far.

A security guard in his 30s at the hospital is one of those victims.

Earlier on Saturday, Supermarkets Aldi and Lidl said they were offering extra help to NHS staff, joining other UK supermarkets have also taken steps to prioritise UK health workers.
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Medtner
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2020, 05:42:01 PM »

I have four family members who are key workers and every one of them has faced this crisis with bravery and fortitude. This includes a doctor and a midwife. All are at risk but working on regardless. Two of these have young children who have previously been looked after by grandparents, but this is not possible as they are elderly and self isolating. Luckily spouses have been able to work from home on some days, juggling working hours to help ease the burden as well as keep up the home schooling. These brave souls and others like them should be given priority and those selfish people who try to take advantage of the hour of shopping these valiant souls have been allocated should be ashamed of themselves. I too feel shoppers should be asked for their ID or proof of age before being allowed into the shop. However, the burden is falling on the shop workers to police this, which I am sure is very difficult, embarrassing and confrontational. They too are akin to key workers, keeping us fed and watered.  Hopefully a viable solution will be worked out some way or another soon.
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Medtner
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2020, 05:48:14 PM »

May I also make a plea for financial support for our hospice who are working hard to prepare for Covid 19 patients at their own expense. All hospices have been asked to do this as the NHS does not have enough capacity for the expected number of cases. There is no funding for this from the NHS and they are still trying to raise the last instalment for the new hospice which is nearing completion, if the build works are allowed to go ahead. For more details look at the NEWS section on cookham.com. Thank you.
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Cat
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 10:58:23 PM »

Medtner
Grateful thanks to all your valiant family members risking their own health for the sake of others, and I couldn't agree more with your words regarding the selfishness of others. But there are people rising above such actions and demonstrating how much they value all the unsung heroes out there trying to defeat this terrible virus with the most minimum of resources provided:

'The food delivery service Deliveroo says it will make half a million meals available to NHS staff for free during the coronavirus crisis.

The London-based company has already received pledges of 350,000 free meals from partner restaurants to provide to frontline workers.

Pizza Hut is offering 300,000 meals, while Itsu and Lewis Hamiltonís plant-based Neat Burger restaurant have also made donations.

Meanwhile, a campaign to provide hospital staff with hot meals backed by actors Matt Lucas, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory has received over £400,000 ($497,000)'

A similar campaign called Meals for the NHS has raised more than £250,000.
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