#UKlockdown was absolutely needed to dodge overwhelm of NHS critical care capacity. Job done!
Well done everyone, including ALL keyworkers. Not just front-line NHS staff, but cleaners, lorry drivers and essential staff all over the country.
But now we have a new crisis : the economy.
27% of staff are furloughed and it is likely this will reach 30%.
And there’s another 5% (conservative estimate) claiming benefits who never did before.
Although furlough has been extended, the Chancellor has said publicly this is not sustainable. And proposes that employers share the burden from August. One small point of detail : how?!
Businesses have seen turnover plummet, and 99% didn’t much in the way of reserves to fall back on.
The only realistic prognosis is mass job losses commencing in August or September.
Add to that, a different kind of health crisis far bigger than Covid is looming. Not just on cancer, where early detection and treatment is vital, but much much more.
Message to Boris Johnson and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak :
Manage R, for sure, but deliver an economic kick-start now!