LONDON (Reuters) – A nurse who treated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an intensive care unit of the hospital while battling COVID-19 quits her job, with a newspaper saying she was tired of being treated its government to health workers.
Jenny McGee, of New Zealand, was one of two nurses that Johnson stood out for her care during the period she spent in hospital last April, during which she said the National Health Service (NHS) it had saved his life.
The prime minister had announced McGee and one of his colleagues because they were staying next to his bed at London’s St Thomas Hospital “when things could have gone anyway”.
However, in a disgrace to Johnson, McGee has left the NHS, disgusting his former patient and the treatment of his government’s medical staff, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.
“We don’t get the respect and now we pay what we deserve. I’m sick of it. So I gave up my resignation,” he quoted the newspaper as saying in a Channel 4 TV documentary that would air on 24 May.
The newspaper said McGee was referring to the proposed pay rise by 1% of NHS staff, which was criticized by the government, which political opponents and Johnson’s unions have called insulting. for those who had been fighting the pandemic.
“Many nurses felt that the government had not led very effectively: indecision, so many mixed messages. It was very annoying,” McGee said of the government’s overall response.
Johnson’s office made no direct reference to the comments in response, but said the government “would do everything in our power to support” NHS workers.
“We are very grateful for the attention that NHS staff has provided throughout the particular pandemic,” a spokeswoman said. “That is why they have been exempted from the wage freeze throughout the public sector implemented as a result of the difficult economic situation created by the pandemic.”
St Thomas Hospital issued a statement on McGee’s behalf saying it was “excited to start a nursing contract in the Caribbean, before a holiday in New Zealand later this year”.
“After the toughest year of my nursing career, I am taking a step back from the NHS, but I hope to return in the future,” she said.