Fear for the future? A general feeling of helplessness? Frustration at our loss of freedom? A sense of disorientation at just how fast life has changed as millions of us adapt to working from home, to queuing to get into the supermarket, and seeing family and friends only on video? No doubt all of the above will sound familiar as we all struggle to cope with life in lockdown. But this week, I want to dedicate my column to the forgotten victims of this pandemic, many of whom are the patients my colleagues and I would see routinely before coronavirus led to our deployment elsewhere. So let us spare a thought for people suffering from chronic depression or who struggle with suicidal thoughts. For them, isolation is not what the doctor ordered. Mental health patients are some of the tragic collateral damage unwittingly created by the desperate re-organisation of the NHS in response to Covid-19. Don’t get me wrong. The health system is performing incredibly under huge pressure. It is something that is making everyone proud — just look at the millions of people who turned out again on Thursday night to clap and show their appreciation. Photo shows tests… Read full this story
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