NHS worker publicly resigns claiming she had 'no work for three weeks' at peak of pandemic in Cornwall

AN NHS worker has publicly resigned after claiming she had no work for three weeks at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Viral Facebook video shows 43-year-old Shelley Tasker – a healthcare assistant at Treliske hospital, part of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust – talking through a loudspeaker to passers-by.

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In the clip, which was filmed outside Truro Cathedral, the mum can be heard saying: "Today, I'm publicly resigning.

"I am wearing this uniform sadly for the last time. 

'I absolutely loved my job. Those of you who have been following what's going on, we've done tasks, we've organised protests, I've had a lot of flack.

"We're at the point now it's all coming back to me.

"I've had an email from work last night asking me what's going on, people are reporting me and unfortunately I can't lie any more."

Ms Tasker said she was contacted by bosses after criticising the Government's response to coronavirus.

"We no longer have health care, we can't see dentists," she said.

"I can tell you now when I was working at the height of the pandemic, I had no work for three weeks because there were no patients. 

"We have a particular Covid ward.

"None of the wards were overflowing with Covid patients and they're not now."

Ms Tasker, who lives in Camborne, Cornwall, alleges flu and Covid cases are being recorded as "the same thing" on death certificates.

As some listening cheer, she said: "I can tell you on Friday in Treliske there were three people in with Covid.

"No extra deaths, three – and that covers Treliske, West Cornwall and Hayle hospital. 

"The total deaths from these three hospitals in seven months, is 76 people.

"That's about ten people a month over the last seven months, and we have locked down."

NHS figures show 67 people died from Covid-19 at Treliske hospital between March and September.

Data also shows four people with the virus were receiving care at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust on October 29. 

Cornwall has some of the lowest rates of coronavirus in England.

The most recent stats show it has 46.7 cases per 100,000 people, putting it in the lowest six areas across the country.

Oldham currently has the highest rates, with 741.8 cases per 100,000.

Ms Tasker told MailOnline figures presented by the Government are "all lies".

"We've closed all of Cornwall down for three people in hospital," she said.

"They haven't even died – they've supposedly got Covid.

"How many people are going to die because of this?"

And she vowed to continue as normal during England's new national lockdown, which began just after midnight today.

"I will be doing everything I want to do," she said.

"There's nothing that really needs to change for me. I'm just advising everybody to carry on as normal as they can't do anything."

Everyone living in England entered into a strict new national lockdown today which has closed all non-essential businesses until November 2.

And last week, Penny Mordaunt, the paymaster general, said Brits must brace themselves for three or more waves of the deadly virus.

But experts say the Government is basing the need for the second shutdown on 'bad maths' – with maps presented to the public at the weekend branded "misleading".

Heat maps showing the pandemic is out of control – and predicting a worst case scenario of more than 4,000 deaths a day by December – have been called "mathematically incorrect".

The data, presented by Government scientists during a public address on Saturday, included figures from Public Health England and Cambridge University, which predicted the extreme death toll.

However, one of the scientists who worked on the study says the data was presented incorrectly.

Professor Daniela de Angelis said the curve was made to look like a prediction. In fact, she said, it's a month-old model that doesn't take into consideration the new tier system.

Despite that, the UK yesterday recorded its highest daily Covid death toll since May.

Virus deaths more than doubled in just a fortnight, with 492 people reported to have lost their lives on Wednesday.

And another 25,177 cases were recorded, the second highest daily increase ever.

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