‘Lack of respect’: Nurse who cared for Boris Johnson resigns from NHS
Jenny McGee says this was 'the toughest year' of her career.
A nurse who cared for Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was ill with COVID-19 has resigned from the U.K. National Health Service, citing poor treatment of medical staff by the government, the Guardian reports.
Jenny McGee was critical of the 1 percent pay raise for the NHS announced in March, described as an “insult” by critics, while the U.K government said it was the most it could afford. “We’re not getting the respect and now pay that we deserve. I’m just sick of it. So I’ve handed in my resignation,” she said in “The Year Britain Stopped,” a Channel 4 documentary to be aired on May 24.
McGee was one of two nurses named and thanked by Johnson for their “care and thought and precision” while looking after him during his time in intensive care. Johnson said that “the reason in the end [his] body did start to get enough oxygen was because, for every second of the night, they were watching.”
The nurse later visited Johnson at Downing Street, where she declined to take part in a “clap for carers” event. “Lots of nurses felt that the government hadn’t led very effectively — the indecisiveness, so many mixed messages. It was just very upsetting,” McGee said.
In a statement released on Tuesday, McGee formally announced her resignation, saying that this had been “the toughest year of [her] nursing career.”