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The nurse who looked after Boris Johnson in the hospital when he had Covid warns of a “personnel crisis” at the NHS

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Jenny McGee resigned from her position as an intensive care nurse after suffering “burnout” and said NHS staff were exposed to “relentless” workloads during the pandemic

Jenny McGee, 37, resigned from her full-time job as an intensive care nurse last April after “burned out” on the Covid front in London after more than a year.

An intensive care nurse who cared for Boris Johnson when he was seriously ill with Covid has warned of a “staff crisis” in the NHS with nurses “trudging away” in “relentless” surroundings.

In April 2020, she looked after the Prime Minister at his bedside after he was hospitalized and was one of two nurses Mr Johnson publicly thanked and named.

Ms. McGee said she gave up her frontline role after feeling “she didn’t sleep for days” after caring for critically ill Covid patients for months.

She now works a shift or two a week as a bank nurse in London between care contracts in the Caribbean but is “really upset” about the conditions for NHS colleagues who have faced spikes in hospital admissions due to Omicron and staff shortages due to the virus.

It comes after I announced that record numbers of NHS medics quit when staff relived the trauma of working in Covid wards, saying they burst into tears from the pressures of their job.

Mrs. McGee related I: “I think there is a real personnel crisis at the moment.

“I’m really upset about what I see at work. I feel with my colleagues. I have no children or obligations, so it’s easy for me to quit my job and go to the Caribbean.

“But there are people who are dependent on a full-time job and an employment. I really feel sorry for the nurses who drag themselves around in really relentless surroundings.

“The problem at the moment is that so many people have left their job or their permanent position, but also so many people are testing positive for Covid. Therefore, many people are on sick leave.

“Although the Covid numbers may not be what they were in January or February last year, they are still there and the non-Covid admissions are high, but the workforce is very, very low.

“It’s really very tough for the employees who are on site every day. It’s just been relentless for two years. “

April 2020, in a video message posted on Twitter, Mr. Johnson thanked Ms. McGee and her colleague Luis Pitarma for holding a 48-hour vigil by his bedside “if things could have gone one way or the other”.

This week, amid mounting anger, the Prime Minister was urged to resign after he resigned on Sept.

Ms. McGee said she had “very strong opinions” about the Downing Street meeting that Mr. Johnson attended, but declined to comment.

The New Zealander from Invercargill said she was “not at all surprised” that a record number of NHS workers had quit.

Some left after feeling burned out while other non-UK NHS staff decided to go home, she said.

Ms. McGee said, “It was only since I left the job that I can tell that I was mentally burned out.

“It was a really terrible time in my career, but one that I’m also very proud of. Many people then compared the intensive care units to a war zone. Obviously I don’t know what a war zone is like.

“I think what I noticed is the sheer responsibility we have been given to look after not just one patient, but two patients, three and more.

“Ultimately, responsibility for the lives of these patients lay with the nurses and doctors in the intensive care unit.

“It’s hard to explain to people what this responsibility looks like. Imagine going to work with not just your workload but double or triple the workload and if you miss something or miss something or prioritize something it can have terrible knock-on effects.

“Patients can get worse, patients can die. It was the worst time of my career, but also the proudest part of my career.

“Lots of people died, which was a really terrible part of what we went through, but God, we saved lots of lives too.”

The nurse is now looking forward to visiting New Zealand next month and seeing her family for the first time in two years.

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