A British mom despite her grief has used Facebook to fight against her daughter’s death being used as a way to skew the junior doctors strike statistics. Julie Ann Lovell says she fully supports the junior doctors and does not blame the strike for her daughter Karen’s death at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Karen Lovell died in the evening of Wednesday April 27, 2016, towards the end of the two-day strike. For weeks, British publications had said incorrectly that April 26 and 27 would be the worst days to be in hospital, as the junior doctors would not be there. However, the NHS, which Lovell says is a 24 hour, seven day a week service, made sure consultants were available. Many of the public said that the two days would be the best time to be in the hospital, as the care would be far more superior.
Junior doctors are continuing battles against the British Government for a change in their contract. It would mean receiving less pay, as the “unsociable hours” would change and they say the contracts would mean they are unsafe to work. After years of studying to get into this position, they are not happy about these changes.
As is normal, statistics will be released about the number of deaths during the two-day strike. Lovell told The Daily Voice News that she had heard it would be possible that her daughter’s death would be included in the strike statistics to show that the junior doctors acted without care. However, this is not something she wants. It was not the fault of the doctors that her daughter died. She had been in the hospital for four weeks before her death, and all the nurses and doctors had worked “tirelessly” to save her.
Lovell explained that her daughter had heart problems as a child, and continued to be a problem despite having it repaired 20 years ago. Four weeks before the strike, Karen had the valves in her heart replaced, but had never regained consciousness afterwards. She underwent surgeries afterwards, but her body was unable to continue the fight. Lovell explained that her daughter was just too poorly, and her death is not the fault of the hospital staff.
She is very proud of the work and care shown her daughter. Now, she wants to see Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt sit in the intensive care unit to see just how the doctors and nurses work—and how long they work for throughout the day. She wants him to start supporting the NHS in the way it deserves.
It does paint a light at how the data can be skewed to support a certain view. The Government will likely release results to show the number of deaths during the two-day strike, but not show any of the reasons or whether they patients could have died regardless of the strike.
Lovell took to Facebook despite her grief to get the message across. Her Facebook post has since been shared thousands of times.
The Department of Health has stated that the statistics for the deaths during the week and the month will be shared online as usual. There has been no confirmation over whether the Government will skew the data.
All photos used with permission from Julie Ann Lovell.
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