Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Care under pressure

We've all been living through COVID-19, but many of us have been fortunate to have been largely insulated from its most direct impacts, preoccupied with homeworking and homeschooling, daily strolls in the park and a steady succession of box sets and takeaway teas. So it's vitally important that people like Glenn Dene - an operating department practitioner and photographer - have been on hand to capture the challenging realities on the front line.

Dene's book Behind The Mask - a collaboration with consultant Ami Jones - is a sobering illustration of a hospital and its staff pushed to the brink by the pandemic, and a powerful tribute to the resilience and inestimable value of the NHS at a time when the future of free universal healthcare is under threat. Buy a copy and use it to beat an anti-masker/anti-vaxxer around the head.

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