UK: What we need to combat Corona
Updated: Apr 10
by Oliver Pye
In the United Kingdom, we need a ten-point-programme or something similar, and we have the experts, our doctors, nurses in the NHS to say what we need.
Recruit 100,000 paid volunteers (e.g. medical students) to man call centres, testing facilities in every community, and crisis centres in the hospitals to process the info and coordinate mass testing
Wage rise and overtime pay and special support (childcare etc) for hospital staff
Rapid mass production of test kits
Organised mass testing of everyone and coordinated monitoring of quarantine measures
Rapid mass production of ventilators and other necessary equipment and medicine to save lives of those affected
Community support groups for vulnerable, old, infirm and in quarantine
Immediate safe haven for refugees stranded in Greece under immense threat of virus with not medical or hygiene support
State control over big supermarkets and coordinated guaranteed supply of food and toilet paper with 200,000 extra well paid jobs to organise online delivery service for food and meals on wheels
State requisitioning of all major hotel chains to provide housing and quantine possibility to most vulnerable (homeless, refugees in camps, women fleeing from domestic violence)
Basic guaranteed income for everyone to avoid social catastrophe.
Oliver Pye is a Labour Party member and a democratic socialist