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FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
As the Conservative government have bizarrely decided not to bother counting the deaths of those who selflessly care for us, I have decided to dedicate a page of my blog to keep a list of those who have succumbed to COVID-19 whilst working on the front line.
The government have failed to ensure that they were given adequate protection equipment, and the staff are more or less being treated as disposable. Many have been threatened and told not to speak out about the failings, and as the ultimate insult, Matt Hancock went as far as to imply that staff were misusing the equipment, whilst Alok Sharma said: “I’m sorry if people feel they don’t have enough protection.” Feel? It’s a fact – acknowledged by the government themselves. Every day there are lies and a deflection of blame. It was inevitable that some would succumb to the virus, but the fact they are doing so BECAUSE they don’t have adequate protection, is nothing short of criminal. Matt Hancock announced there had been 27 NHS deaths to date (16/4/20) – the real figure at that point is at least 58. This is a disgraceful distortion of the truth and hugely disrespectful towards those who have lost their lives.
The EU offered the UK a supply of PPE, and the government declined it. They also offered the UK ventilators – the government declined them. The result is an ever-growing list of multiple deaths of front line staff. It’s not only imperative the press and public start holding the government to account and pressing for proper PPE for our NHS staff, but once this awful period is over, it must be held to account for its failings and the deaths they have caused as a result. Many of the people listed below would still be alive if they had adequate protection, and that’s the real tragedy.
At the end of this post, I have added links to articles highlighting the plight of NHS staff and the lack of PPE (not to mention the ineptitude over ventilators.)
Politics aside, I dedicate this page to every single member of front line staff who have lost their lives, with love and condolences to their families and friends, and a thankful heart for the care and service they provided.
If you know of any others who should be added to this list or any amendments, please let me know.
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY.
TOTAL NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS (TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE) WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
AS OF 18th APRIL 2020:
MY COUNT: 83
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL: 43
Alphabetical order, with age and brief details of each person.
- EDMOND ADEDEJI: 62 – Dr Adedeji was a locum registrar who worked in the Emergency Department at Great Western Hospitals. He died on 8th April 2020.
- MARY AGYEIWAA AGYAPONG (aka BOATENG): 28 – A nurse at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Mary tested positive for COVID-19 on 5th April 2020 and died on 12th April 2020. Mary’s case is particularly upsetting as she was heavily pregnant. Her baby girl was delivered successfully by Caesarean section after Mary died.
- JOHN ALAGOS: 23 – A Nursing Assistant at Watford General Hospital. He died on 3rd April 2020, just hours after his first symptoms appeared whilst on shift. It is claimed he didn’t have proper PPE and is the youngest healthcare victim to date.
- MICHAEL ALLIEU: An Acute Care Nurse at Homerton Hospital died on 18th April 2020.
- DR KRISHAM ARORA: 57 – Worked as a GP in Croydon, London, for 27 years. He died on 15th April 2020 having tested positive for COVID-19.
- FAYAZ AYACHE: 76 – Originally from Syria, Dr Ayache was a GP in Clacton-on-Sea and also ran a clinic in Ipswich Hospital. He retired two years ago but returned on a part-time basis because he felt duty-bound. Although he stopped working three weeks beforehand specifically to avoid COVID-19, unfortunately caught the virus and passed away on 8th April 2020.
- MELUJEAN BALLESTEROS: 60 – A Nurse originally from the Philippines, died at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London on 12th April 2020. She leaves two sons and her husband.
- AMRIK BAMOTRA: 63 – Radiology Support Worker at King George Hospital, London. His wife and son also work at the Trust. Amrik died on 10th April 2020.
- ELVIRA BUCU: 50 – A Healthcare Assistant. She leaves a husband and three daughters following her death on 3rd April 2020.
- JULIEANNE CADBY: 49 – Business Manager for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s specialist child and adolescent mental health services. She died at home on 15th April 2020 after contracting Coronavirus.
- DONNA CAMPBELL: 54 – Healthcare Worker in a Cancer Unit in Cardiff. She lost her battle with COVID-19 on 10th April 2020.
- LOURDES ‘DES’ CAMPBELL: Healthcare Assistant at Bolton NHS Trust died from COVID-19 on 16th April 2020.
- JENELYN CARTER: 41 – A Healthcare Assistant at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, was cared for by her own colleagues when she died.
- ABDUL MABUD CHOWDHURY: 53 – A Consultant Urologist at Homerton University Hospital, East London. His death is particularly poignant because five days prior to being admitted into hospital, Dr Chowdhury had written to Boris Johnson to highlight the lack of PPE for NHS staff. In a twisted turn of fate, he contracted COVID-19 and lost his life on 8th April 2020.
- LINDA CLARKE: 66 – Community Midwife from Wigan for more than 30 years lost her battle with COVID-19 on 17th April 2020.
- CHARLOTTE COPE: 23 – Paramedic with the Welsh Ambulance Service, Charlotte took her own life on 13th April 2020 after her shift. In a poignant final social media message, Charlotte had stated that she had been missing her family having dedicated all her time recently to helping her colleagues on the front line.
- GLEN CORBIN: 59 – A retired Mental Health Nurse from London, returned as a Healthcare Assistant at Park Royal for Mental Health in North West London in order to help the NHS in it’s battle with COVID-19. Sadly he contracted the disease himself and passed away on 4th April 2020.
- LYNSAY COVENTRY: 54 – A Midwife at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, was sadly the first publicly confirmed death of a serving NHS Midwife when she passed away on 2nd April 2020.
- PATRICIA CROWHURST: 54 – Care Worker from Middlesborough, who lost her battle with COVID-19 on 14th April 2020. Patricia leaves behind her husband and four children.
- LINNETTE CRUZ: 51 – Senior Head Nurse at a dental practice in Swansea originally came from the Philippines. She died on 14th April 2020.
- BRIAN DARLINGTON: NHS Porter with Mid Cheshire Hospitals died from COVID-19.
- LEILANI DAYRIT: 47 – A Nursing Sister based at St Cross Hospital, Rugby, was originally from the Philippines. She sadly lost her battle with COVID-19 on 7th April 2020.
- AMARANTE DIAS: 54 – A Nurse at Weston General Hospital, north Somerset, died on 13th April 2020.
- JOSIANE ZAUMA EBONJA EKOLI: 55 – An Agency Nurse from Leeds who worked at Harrogate Hospital, lost her fight for life on 13th April 2020.
- MAUREEN ELLINGTON: Healthcare Assistant at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, who lost her battle against COVID-19 on 12th April 2020.
- AMGED EL-HAWRANI: 55 – Born in Sudan, Dr El-Hawrani was an ENT consultant at Queen’s Hospital Burton, Staffordshire. He was one of the first confirmed working hospital frontline workers to die from COVID-19 when he passed away on 28th March 2020.
- ADIL EL TAYAR: 63 – Born in Sudan, Dr El Tayar was an NHS Transplant Surgeon who originally graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1982 and was an organ transplant consultant. He had been working at Hereford County Hospital in the west of England as a volunteer in the emergency department. He was one of the first frontline working staff members to succumb to COVID-19, and passed away in West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, on 25th March 2020.
- AMANDA FORDE: GP receptionist from London who died on 3rd April 2020.
- AMOR GATINAO: 50 – NHS Nurse who came from the Phillipines in 2002 to work in the NHS at St Charles Hospital, London. She sadly died on 10th April 2020.
- LIZ GLANISTER: 68 – NHS Nurse at Aintree University Hospital, died on 3rd April 2020.
- JANICE GRAHAM: 58 – Healthcare Support Worker at Royal Inverclyde Hospital became the first nurse to die in Scotland on 6th April 2020.
- SIMON GUEST: Radiographer at Furness General Hospital, died on 15th April 2020.
- SYED HAIDER: 79 – A family GP who worked in Dagenham, East London, died on 4th April 2020.
- THOMAS HARVEY: 57 – Healthcare Assistant at Goodmayes Hospital, Ilford, he was a father of seven. His family stated he was not given adequate PPE nor was he tested. Mr Harvey passed away on 29th March 2020. He was alone.
- ANDY HOWE: 48 – Driver of hospital transport for staff and patients in Nottingham died en route to hospital after a sudden deterioration on 26th March 2020. He was due to wed his partner, Kevin, next year.
- CAROL JAMABO: 56 – Care worker from Bury died in Salford Royal Hospital on 1st April 2020. Originally from Nigeria, she is believed to be the first care worker to succumb to the disease.
- DR RAJESH KALRAIYA: 69 – A Paediatrician originally from Nagpur, India, died from COVID-19.
- SONJA KAYGAN: 26 – A care worker from Enfield, London, Sonja was a single mother whose death on 10th April 2020, leaves her 3-year old daughter without a mother.
- SIKHANYISIWE KAZIBONI: Health worker originally from Zimbabwe died of COVID-19 on 9th April 2020.
- OSCAR KING JR: 45 – Porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where he worked for over 10 years. He leaves behind his 10-year old daughter, and wife who is a nurse and is also battling COVID-19. His co-worker, Elberto Rico, also lost his life. (see below) Mr King came from the Philippines and died on 12th April 2020.
- DR ERIC LABEJA-ACELLAM: 69 – NHS Consultant originally from Uganda who worked at University Hospital, Lewisham, London. Dr Labeja-Acellam died on 31st March 2020 in King’s College Hospital, London. He leaves behind a wife and son – both of whom are also fighting COVID-19.
- REBECCA MACK: 29 – Specialist Nurse on the Children’s Cancer Ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle passed away on 5th April 2020. She was alone.
- DR PAUL MATEWELE: Senior lecturer in microbiology immunology at London Metropolitan University died of Coronavirus on 7th April 2020.
- DEAN MCKEE: 28 – Care home worker, London, who died of COVID-19 on 7th April 2020. He was a poet and life-long fan of QPR Football Club, who have paid tribute to him.
- LEILANI MEDEL: 41 – Filipino nurse based in Bridgend passed away on 10th April 2020. Her husband, Johnny, is in a critical condition after contracting the virus.
- BARBARA MOORE: 54 – Worked at Aintree Hospital, Liverpool, as a Patient Discharge Planner and had returned from retirement to help the NHS, sadly passed away on 6th April 2020.
- GLADYS MUJAJATI: 46 – Mental Health Nurse with Derbyshire NHS Trust. Gladys had an underlying health condition and had been self-isolating for three weeks when she died of COVID-19
- JANE MURPHY (aka ‘MA MURPHY’): 73 – Clinical Support Worker at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, who died of COVID-19. Recently divorced, she was working two jobs just to keep a roof over her head.
- RUTENDO MUKOTSANJERA: Public Health Officer and human rights activist sadly died from COVID-19 on 10th April 2020.
- AMREEMA NASREEN: 37 – NHS Nurse who originally began working at Walsall Manor Hospital as a housekeeper, and who qualified as a staff nurse in January 2019 leaves behind three children following her death on 3rd April 2020. Her sister, 22, works as a Healthcare Assistant at the same hospital.
- GLADYS NYEMBA: A nurse from Zimbabwe who worked at Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust sadly lost her battle with COVID-19 on 14th April 2020.
- JULIE OMAR: 52 – NHS nurse who worked at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch lost her battle with COVID-19 on 10th April 2020.
- ALICE KIT TAK ONG: 70 – NHS Nurse originally from Hong Kong, Alice had worked for the NHS for 44 years and died on 7th April 2020.
- AIMEE O’ROURKE: 38 – NHS Nurse who worked at The Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, died on 2nd April 2020, sadly leaving a young family without their mother.
- DR HAMZA PACHEERI: 80 – Retired NHS gynaecologist from Birmingham died from COVID-19 on 1st April 2020.
- STEVEN PEARSON: 51 – A Mental Health Nurse who worked for St George’s Hospital, Morpeth, for over 30 years died of COVID-19 on 13th April 2020. Steven and his wife, Ann, had been together since they were just 16-years old.
- EMILY PERUGIA: 29 – A Care Coordinator in Hillingdon, North London, sadly lost her battle against COVID-19 on 31st March 2020. Emily had recently become engaged.
- JITENDRA RATHOD: 62 – A “highly regarded” associate specialist in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales died on 6th April 2020.
- ADE RAYMOND: 48 – Studying his first year of a nursing degree at Middlesex University, Mr Raymond was also a Healthcare Assistant at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. He died on 14th April 2020.
- ELBERT RICO: NHS Porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, whose colleague, Oscar King Jr (see above), also lost his life to COVID-19 on 10th April 2020. Mr Rico came from the Philippines and, just like his colleague, was also married to a nurse at the hospital.
- GARETH ROBERTS: 65 – worked as an NHS nurse for 40 years across the Cardiff and Vale health board. Husband, father and grandfather, Mr Roberts returned from retirement in 2015 but succumbed to Coronavirus on 11th April 2020. A friend claims he had inadequate PPE – plastic gloves, paper mask and an apron.
- ALFA SA’ADU: 68 – A Nigerian-born doctor who graduated from University College Hospital Medical School as a Consultant Physician and worked for the NHS for almost 40 years and became a medical director. Dr Sa’adu had returned from retirement as a volunteer to assist the NHS but sadly lost his life on 31st March 2020 in Whittington Hospital, north London.
- BARBARA SAGE: A Healthcare Assistant from Bromley, London, who worked in palliative care for Marie Curie for 40 years lost her fight for life against COVID-19 on 12th April 2020.
- ELSIE SAZUZE: 45 – Nurse who grew up in Malawi and who dedicated her life to caring for others. She was a care home nurse and died at the Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield on 7th April 2020.
- AMANDA (MANDY) SCOTT: 54 – Care home worker, Birmingham died of COVID-19 on 7th April 2020.
- ANTON SEBASTIANPILLAI: 75 – Tamil-born doctor who worked as a Consultant Geriatrician at Kingston Hospital came out of retirement to assist the NHS but who lost his life in Kingston Hospital ICU on 4th April 2020. His final shift at Kingston Hospital, South West London, was on 20th March 2020.
- POOJA SHARMA: 33 – Ms Sharma recently returned to work as a Pharmacist at Eastbourne District General Hospital, died unexpectedly on 26th March 2020.
- PROFESSOR MO SAMI SHOUSHA: 79 – Researcher who worked at Cancer Research Laboratories at both Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals in London, died on 2nd April 2020.
- MANDY SIDDORN: 61 – Pharmacist at Swettenham Chemist in Blacon, Chester, died on 9th April 2020.
- RAHIMA BIBI SIDHANEE: 68 – The care home worker from Sutton, South West London, she had refused to retire and dedicated her life to nursing right up until she fell ill. Ms Sidhanee lost her battle with COVID-19 on 12th April 2020.
- KEVIN SMITH: NHS Plaster Technician who worked for more than 35 years in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, died from COVID-19 on 12th April 2020.
- AMANDA STRUDWICK: 52 – Former NHS nurse with cancer who was an inpatient in a Lincolnshire hospital contracted COVID-19 from a fellow patient with dementia whom she befriended and helped whilst they stayed on the ward together. She died on 11th April 2020.
- DONALD SUELTO: 51 – A Nurse at Hammersmith Hospital, London, originally from the Philippines, sadly died on 7th April 2020. Donald died alone in his flat and was only found by police when his niece pleaded with them to check on him.
- CATHERINE (CATHY) SWEENEY: 64 – A Home Carer with West Dumbartonshire Council, Cathy was due to retire next year. She continued in her role despite having no PPE and contracted COVID-19. She lost her battle for life on at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley.
- CHARLES KWAME TANOR: 39 – Healthcare Worker who died from COVID-19 on 11th April 2020.
- ANDREW TREBLE: 57 – Theatre Assistant worked at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, North Wales, for 40 years. Andrew tragically contracted COVID-19 and died on 15th April 2020.
- SARAH TROLLOPE: 51 – NHS Matron at Hillingdon Hospital, North London, was sent home from work on Tuesday 7th April after developing a temperature, and sadly passed away on 10th April 2020.
- DR PETER TUN: 62 – Associate Specialist in Neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, where he died on 13th April 2020. Dr Tun was originally from Burma.
- CHERYL WILLIAMS: Ward Housekeeper on an elderly care ward at North Middlesex Hospital died on 12th April 2020.
- HABIB ZAIDI: 76 – GP Dr Zaidi moved to the UK from Pakistan 50 years ago and worked in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. He died on 25th March 2020 at Southend Hospital, Essex.
- UNNAMED AT PRESENT: Nurse at Whittington Hospital who had worked for the trust since 2004 and was on maternity leave died from COVID-19.
- UNNAMED AT PRESENT: Porter at Whittington Hospital since 1993.
- UNNAMED AT PRESENT: Paramedic with North West Ambulance Service died on 17th April 2020.
So much expertise and brilliance lost…
~ LEST WE FORGET ~
NUMBER OF DEATHS PER DAY:
You can see how the deaths begin to steadily increase. Matt Hancock claimed that the country was ‘well prepared’ to deal with the Coronavirus. These numbers say something completely different.
- Unknown date: 12
- 25th March 2020: 2
- 26th March 2020: 2
- 27th March 2020: 0
- 28th March 2020: 1
- 29th March 2020: 1
- 30th March 2020: 0
- 31st March 2020: 3
- 1st April 2020: 2
- 2nd April 2020: 3
- 3rd April 2020: 5
- 4th April 2020: 3
- 5th April 2020: 1
- 6th April 2020: 3
- 7th April 2020: 7
- 8th April 2020: 3
- 9th April 2020: 2
- 10th April 2020: 7
- 11th April 2020: 3
- 12th April 2020: 8
- 13th April 2020: 4
- 14th April 2020: 3
- 15th April 2020: 4
- 16th April 2020: 1
- 17th April 2020: 2
- 18th April 2020: 1
- THE TELEGRAPH – 18 April 2020: Royal College of Surgeons ‘deeply disturbed’ by PPE guidance.
- ITV – 17 April 2020: NHS staff plea to Government for more PPE in a video projected on to Palace of Westminster. (Led by Donkeys)
- BBC – 17 April 2020: PPE provision a ‘huge challenge’ says Matt Hancock
- SKY NEWS – 17 April 2020: NHS staff advised to reuse PPE ahead of expected weekend shortage.
- THE GUARDIAN – 17 April 2020: NHS staff told ‘wear aprons’ as protective gowns run out.
- ITV – 16 April 2020: Death toll of NHS staff who contracted Coronavirus rises to 27
- THE GUARDIAN – 16 April 2020: Government ‘ignores’ UK textiles firms desperate to make PPE
- THE GUARDIAN – 15 April 2020 – Glastonbury ponchos are repurposed as anti-Coronavirus PPE
- WIMBLEDON GUARDIAN – 15 April 2020 – Sewing volunteers come together to make scrubs for NHS staff
- BBC – 15 April 2020 – ‘Last resort’ plans revealed for PPE reuse by health workers
- CHRONICLE LIVE – 14 April 2020 – Piers Morgan in screaming row with Therese Coffey on GMB over PPE for NHS staff
- BBC – 14 April 2020 – Anger over lack of PPE for nurse Gareth Roberts
- BBC – 14 April 2020 – Coronavirus: Suppliers ‘not asked’ to divert PPE to England
- THE GUARDIAN – 13 April 2020 – Timeline of UK’s coronavirus PPE shortage
- BBC – 13 April 2020 – Unions seeing hospital PPE ‘horror stories’
- BBC – 13 April 2020 – Decision to shut Cardiff test centre on Bank Holiday Monday ‘beggars belief’
- BBC – 12 April 2020 – Half of A&E team test positive for Coronavirus
- iNEWS – 12 April 2020 – Nurses told they can refuse to treat patients if they aren’t given PPE, as government row escalates
- THE GUARDIAN – 11 April 2020 – Matt Hancock says NHS staff death toll as 19 amid PPE row
- THE EVENING STANDARD – 9 April 2020 – M&S providing pyjamas for NHS workers to wear as scrubs
- WWD – 9 April 2020 – Barbour begins making disposable gowns, scrubs in Coronavirus battle
- ITV – 9 April 2020 – Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdury who issued warning over lack of PPE dies after contracting COVID-19
- THE TELEGRAPH – 6 April 2020 – “Some things are more important than dresses”: meet the British fashion designers who have gone from making clothes to masks and medical scrubs
- BBC – 2 April 2020 – NHS worker ‘let down’ before death
- THE GUARDIAN – 26 March 2020 – No 10 claims it missed deadline for EU ventilator scheme
- THE TELEGRAPH – 26 March 2020 – Row erupts over Government’s acquisition of Dyson’s untested ventilators