Jenny McGee, who cared for Boris Johnson in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in April 2020, said: “We don’t get the respect and pay now that we deserve. “
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“I’m just sick of it. So I handed in my resignation, ”she added.
Ms. McGee, originally from New Zealand, made the comments, speaking about his experience caring for Mr Johnson as he wrestled COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
“All around him there were many, many sick patients, some of whom were dying,” she told a Channel 4 documentary called The Year Britain Stopped.
“I remember seeing him and thinking he looked very, very sick. He was a different color, really.
“It’s so surreal, it’s the Prime Minister. They are very complicated patients to treat and we just didn’t know what was going to happen. “
In the program, which airs on May 24, Ms McGee said it was a “bizarre” time.
The PM congratulated Ms McGee and nurse Luis Pitarma after being released from hospital in London he said: “The reason my body finally started getting enough oxygen was that for every second of the night they were watching. “
In July, Ms McGee said she was asked to participate in an ‘cheer for caregivers’ event at a Downing Street garden party.
She had been invited to number 10 with another nurse to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
“It would have been a really good photo opportunity,” she said of her invitation to participate in the applause event.
“You know, kinda like Boris and his NHS friends, but I wanted to stay out of it. “
“Many nurses felt that the government had not led very effectively, indecision, so many mixed messages,” she added.
“It was just very upsetting.
“Yeah, we stepped in and worked so incredibly hard, and there’s a lot of talk about how we’re all heroes and stuff like that.
“But at the same time, I don’t know if I can do it. I don’t know how much more to give to the NHS.
“We don’t get the respect and pay now that we deserve.
“I’m just sick of it. So I handed in my resignation. “
In a statement released through Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Ms McGee confirmed her departure.
“After the most difficult year of my nursing career, I am taking a step back from the NHS, but I hope to come back in the future,” she said.
“I am delighted to be starting a nursing contract in the Caribbean, before going on vacation to New Zealand later this year.
“I am so proud to have worked at St Thomas Hospital and to have been part of such a fantastic team. “
A spokesperson for Number 10 said health service staff had “gone out of their way” during the pandemic and “this government will do everything in its power to support them.”
“We are extremely grateful for the care that NHS staff have provided throughout the pandemic in particular,” they said.
“This is why they were exempted from the public sector wage freeze put in place due to the difficult economic situation created by the pandemic.
‘At the same time, we have invested £ 30million to support staff mental health and are expanding the number of places available for domestic students in medical schools in England to further develop our workforce. .