Jenny McGee is one of the nurses who took care of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at St Thomas Hospital in London, when he suffered from Covid-19 in spring 2020. On Tuesday she resigned from the National Health Service (NHS) for lack of government recognition. “We dont get the respect and pay we deserve,” says McGee in released fragments of a documentary. “Thats why I resigned.”
Several British media quotes Tuesday from excerpts of a documentary about the coronapandemic, which will be on television channel Channel 4 on May 24. According to McGee, many nurses had the impression that the government acted very ineffectively and indecisively during the coronapandemic.
McGee also refers to the planned wage increase of one percent. The trade unions and the opposition are outraged that nursing staff receive only one per cent wage premium, but the UK Government emphasises that, unlike other public sector workers, nurses will receive a wage increase.
In a statement her employer, the NHS, quotes McGee a little more cautious. “After the toughest year of my career as a nurse, Im taking a break at the NHS, but I hope I can return in the future,” it sounds. McGee will first work in the Caribbean and then take a vacation in her homeland New Zealand.
About Prime Minister Johnson, she says in the fragments of the documentary that she immediately thought he was going very badly when she saw him. “He really had a different color,” says McGee. The British Prime Minister was treated for days in the Intensive Care Department. When he was healed, he thanked McGee and the nurse Luis Pitarma and said he owes his life to them. In the summer of 2020, he invited them to a garden party in his office residence.