The fifth item on the BBC 8.00 a.m. news was the story of a Black nurse who died of CoronaVirus. She had worked during her third trimester of pregnancy at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in Bedfordshire. Her baby was delivered by emergency C-section shortly before her death, as she had been diagnosed with coronavirus in early April and died a week later.
Her husband, Ernest, argues she shouldn’t have been working at the hospital at the start of the pandemic as she was heavily pregnant.
The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We were extremely saddened to lose Mary. She worked here for five years and was a highly valued and loved member of our team, a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this Trust. We have carried out a full internal review into the circumstances surrounding her death and we are confident that she received the best possible care and support from the Trust.
We have sent our deepest condolences to Mr Boateng.
Now I have just a few comments, not so much about the story per se, but about its relevance as the fifth item on the British National News headline broadcast, at prime time on a weekday morning.
- Will we now be given the sad stories of all 41,969 people who died of the virus; because that will take 115 years, if every story is taken one day at a time, (excluding leap years)?
- As the above idea is taken as being just a little bit ‘over the top; will the BBC undertake to process, review and broadcast say of just One Percent of those 41,969 deaths, and will they guarantee that a percentage of that one per cent be made according to the relevant statistical survey of white and minority ethnic people in the forty-one or -two days it will take to broadcast all these stories?
- Will the BBC examine every story which they produce and broadcast, including the measures taken to verify, for example, the unspoken reference to the fact that somehow the nurse was working at the hospital against her wishes, or the wishes of her husband?
- Will the sad death of this lady be somehow pushed in to the discussion about how black and minority ethnic people in this United Kingdom are somehow more vulnerable to the virus than white people; and so it is just another statistic proving that BlackLivesDon’tMatter to this uncaring Tory government?
- What are we to infer from the statement made in the BBC story that “He has spoken exclusively to the BBC’s Sima Kotecha.’. Does this mean that he hasn’t also spoken to, say, the Daily Mail, or the Sun? Are we to infer that he has not sold his story to a commercial newspaper, and thus that his story is, perhaps, more relevant than if he had sold his story?
Just gently asking!