A nurse described as a “hero” and “incredibly compassionate” died of covid on the same day an alleged party was held in Downing Street, breaking lockdown rules.
Ana Lisa had worked as a staff nurse at Stobhill Hospital but moved to the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow to help with the “staffing crisis” during the pandemic, but died on 15 December 2020.
She was among nearly 50 people who died during the dates of alleged lockdown break parties enjoyed by UK government officials.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde described Ana as “an incredibly compassionate nurse” as health chiefs paid tribute to the “hero” employee.
On the same day, the Prime Minister appeared on contestants’ screens at a Downing Street game show, but later insisted he had not broken the rules.
An image published by a national newspaper showed Johnson flanked by colleagues, one dressed in tinsel and another in a Santa hat at number 10.
The day after Ana Lisa’s death, senior Department of Transportation officials allegedly planned a party at the office of Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps.
The DfT apologized after the “drinking and dancing” claims at the party.
Figures show that 47 people in the Glasgow region lost their lives to the virus on the same dates that UK government officials are accused of holding social gatherings.
A number of reported events, including two on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, allegedly took place as strict regulations were put in place in the country.
At least 15 meetings reportedly took place during a period in which Downing Street, Whitehall and Tory HQ officials are accused of breaching lockdown laws, from May 15, 2020 to May 18, 2020. April 2021.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is accused of attending at least five of the events as he now faces mounting pressure to resign.
Downing Street admitted that Johnson “briefly” attended the quiz after the photographic evidence surfaced, but insisted it was a virtual event.
Four days before the contest, a fridge with a capacity of 34 bottles of wine was delivered through the back door of number 10.
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said “several other events” that appeared to have taken place in Downing Street and Whitehall had also been assessed, but were not thought to have reached the threshold of a criminal investigation.
Glasgow Tory Councilor Thomas Kerr, who represents Shettleston, has since attacked his own leader, describing his actions as “indefensible”.
Cllr Kerr said: “When these violations of Covid laws first came to light I made my position very clear and that has not changed.
“Like Douglas Ross, I believe that the prime minister’s position is unfortunately untenable and he should resign.
“I am a conservative to the core, but his actions are indefensible and now is the time for new leadership.”
Carol Monaghan, SNP MP for North West Glasgow, said: “Boris Johnson’s conduct has been disgraceful.
“It is clear that the Prime Minister believed that the rules he laid down did not apply to him as he partied in Downing Street with his Conservative colleagues.
“While people in Glasgow and across the UK made some tough sacrifices, including not being with loved ones in their final moments, Boris Johnson brazenly broke the rules with countless boozy parties.
“He repeatedly broke the rules and lied about it.
“Conservative MPs must remove him from office without further delay. The longer they wait, the more damage they will do to public trust and the effectiveness of any future public health messages.”
Cllr Martha Wardrop, co-coordinator of the Scottish Greens advisory group, added: “It was already a harrowing time for Glaswegians, but knowing the Prime Minister didn’t bother to play by his own rules at the time is hard. to process.”
“I can’t imagine there are many in this city who don’t think I should resign immediately.”
Willie Duffy, Scotland’s chief health officer, said: “The lockdown rules have been tough on everyone, although we are grateful that most people followed the rules to protect both our NHS and each other.”
“Our dedicated NHS staff have worked tirelessly to care for others during the pandemic, often putting their own health and that of their families at risk.
“It is very painful for the healthcare workers who have lost their colleagues during this period and our thoughts are with all the families who have lost loved ones.
“In the event that people are found to have broken the rules, we would expect the strictest action to be taken against them.”
The Conservative Party and Downing Street have been contacted for comment.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.