On Byline Times: WHO guidelines ignored to shield over 60s because UK “not a developing nation.”

My first new article on Byline Times reveals the reason why the government is sticking to shield only those in their 70s rather than follow World Health Organisation guidelines to shield the over 60s. It is because the UK thinks this should only be applied to developing nations.

This disputed by WHO who point out that 95 per cent on the deaths in Europe are among the over 60s with France, Italy and Spain responsible for the vast majority of European deaths.

The article highlights the plight of people in their 60s – most of them still working because of the rise in the pension age – with some left with no money as jobs collapse and others working in the NHS where the risk of Covid- 19 is at its highest.

Read the full story on Byline Times here

38 thoughts on “On Byline Times: WHO guidelines ignored to shield over 60s because UK “not a developing nation.”

  1. Brilliant reporting as usual, boy have we missed your reliable uncovering of the truth and updates.

    How does this government keep getting away with its deciept. Have they no morals or compassion. When will someone take these liars to task for the misery and suffering they allow to happen.

    You watch the covid19 daily update, they ask questions do they actually answer anything, or do they skirt round graphs and figures which are as accurate as their broken Rolex.

    It’s clear the 50’s born women have been within this plot to wipe as many of us out as they can. For days we were told those called upon for the annual flu jab were classed as vulnerable and must isolate.

    Then out of the blue they were cast aside and shielding for the most vulnerable with critical illness etc for 12 weeks was paramount. It all came across the government really cared about those most seriously ill. Then those shielding get letters from GP’s saying stay with their families and if they got the virus there was nothing that could be done so basically get on with it. Or if they didn’t get letters they got DNR forms to sign.

    The poor sods in nursing homes are just hung out to dry. The government and their herd immunity process has always been about protecting the young. The elderly are a drain on society we are worth nothing. The £ signs then started to emerge, just imagine how much they will save the more elderly people die. From benefits, state pensions, care packages.

    Well government stop rubbing your hands like you’ve won the lottery. We are not going anywhere we will fight this virus with the same strength and determination we will continue to fight your contempt and injustice.

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    • the government seem to have forgotten Dee that those people in care homes some have lived and fought in a world war and paid into the UK coffers and brought kids up all their working lives. it is a scandalous disgrace how the UK treat their elderly people who deserve to be treated and looked after so much better and it’s even more scandalous how care homes and their staff have not been treated as key workers up to today and largely ignored are now going to be tested for covid 19 and I think why the gov is ignoring the WHO’S over 60s advice is because they have taken our pensions off of us until we are 66 nearer 70 and dont want to shoot their self in the foot when we have got our appeal in July (which I hope we Win ) as for looking after the young they need jobs not their back sides wiping if they pay us our pensions they will be more jobs out there for them.

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  2. Thanks, David.
    “Developing Nations”.
    I have a female friend who exists on brown rice/cheap pasta boiled up with stock cubes. She’s 63. Single. Made redundant. No pension for another couple of years. No jobs.
    £317 per month Universal Credit.
    Food bank? Can’t get in.
    The invisible generation.

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    • the government seem to have forgotten Dee that those people in care homes some have lived and fought in a world war and paid into the UK coffers and brought kids up all their working lives. it is a scandalous disgrace how the UK treat their elderly people who deserve to be treated and looked after so much better and it’s even more scandalous how care homes and their staff have not been treated as key workers up to today and largely ignored are now going to be tested for covid 19 I hope Boris gives these carers and nurses in hospitals a decent pay rise now he as seen how long and hard these people work and give them the respect they deserve 👏👏 and I think why the gov is ignoring the WHO’S over 60s advice is because they have taken our pensions off of us until we are 66 nearer 70 and dont want to shoot their self in the foot when we have got our appeal in July (which I hope we Win ) as for looking after the young they need jobs not their back sides wiping if they pay us our pensions they will be more jobs out there for them. we all should be treated with respect not discriminated against because of our age.

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  3. Helen whately was laughing on piers Morgan when he was asking her questions wether it is true 4000 old people have died in care homes,she didnt confirm at all and didnt want too,the interview was disgusting to say she is a health minister…have a listen to it … he asked her why was she laughing and did she find it funny…..these people who are doing this agenda to get rid of pensioners will face my God on judgement day they wont get away with this evil,Jesus loves you people ask him into your heart repent,pray and read your bible,make sure you have salvation because no one knows what tomorrow will bring ..God Bless you all. X

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    • i have read on twitter and was absolutely appalled by this, that 90% of CoVid patients in hospital are written off on some kind of ‘pathway’ whereby they only see a nurse or junior doctor who fill out paperwork and just make sure the ‘are kept comfortable’ until they die. they have severe symptoms, should be ICU and are not even seen by an ICU doctor. This comes from the twitter writer’s cousin who is a front line worker in the hospital. No wonder ICU numbers are going down as the evil government are saying in their briefings. These people are tantamount to murder and the frontline workers should not be considered as ‘heroes’ for not whistleblowing this action. We may as well be in China. People are dying at home in this country because the are too frightened to go into hospital, I would rather die at home then have people deciding for my family whether i live or die who don’t even know me, nor really care that much (well they don’t otherwise they would not be doing this) ! I do not consider the NHS workers heroes, power is being given to these junior staff who have no right to decide who lives and dies, 90% of patients in a hospital is a huge ration. Disgusting !

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      • The doctors oath is First, do no harm. Not. Don’t bother. But what can the NHS staff do??? They should strike and save themselves and make the government sit up and take notice but they don’t. They are dying because of this vile government. They are heroes, but they should strike, they really should. I really do wonder if Covid was deliberately put into the community not because I’m nuts but because it really is attacking the over 60s (at the moment!) and that suits all the regimes all over the world. Like sci fi horror story.

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  4. I,ll worry that Theresa Coffey hasnt taken on womens pension hardship that Covid 19 has created. Womens rights are vanished womens pensions stolen.
    These women now HAVE NOTHING.
    NO WORK < NOTHING

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  5. Nevertheless, being 61-65 automatically scores you 2 points on the NHS Covid-19 Decision Support Tool, while being 66-70 gets you 3 points. Get to 8 points (which is not difficult) and you will probably not have access to intensive care. Pure ageism.

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  6. Please ask Theresa Coffey to reconsider womens pension rights for 1950s/1960s paid up pensioners. I have been shafted,thinking my private

    pension would sort me. All
    £/13 annum, other one 17/annum

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  8. I have no pension, am 63 part of a ‘sub class created by those elected to serve us, cannot work as vulnerable due to health issues. How am I supposed to survive this? Even if I escape Coronavirus, how do I get through this? Years of austerity behind me, how many more? This government again kicks us while we’re down. Thank you David Hencke for another brilliant, factual account.

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  9. I am almost 64 and I work in social care… I constantly cover extra shifts due to the fact my younger colleagues have to self isolate due to having young families! We 50’s women desperately need our pensions… we need to rest up now and enjoy what time we may have left… especially now, after having helped to keep things going and supporting the NHS and our employers during this stressful pandemic… we are tired… please give us OUR OWN money back??

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    • Ever since us 50’s women started to campaign other events always seem to overtake our just cause, we had Brexit, then the 2 general elections now this awful virus pandemic. I fear that our cause will just slide further and further back until we are completely forgotten.
      Stay safe sisters.

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  10. I see no evidence of them shielding the over 70’s anyway. Just told to stay indoors. I’m lucky that I’m in reasonable health and can find alternatives to the supermarket online – because I used to shop in person I don’t qualify for an online/click and collect slot at our local supermarkets according to the rules that they (supermarkets) set.

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  11. THANK you David once again for communicating with the ignored and forgotten 1950’s women .It appears to me that this Government change the rules to suit their needs eg 2 rises to our State Pension without adequate notice and now even though the WHO states clearly over 60 are vulnerable we are not considered so by leaders of UK government .Of course we know why !
    The employment stats include many many1950’s women who have been forced to continue working due to the theft of 6 years SP and also will be working in the health and care sector where due to the pandemic are now classed as frontline/keyworkers! Conveniently now being recognised as essential/vital workers when for a decade have faced austerity cuts ,reduced resources and no pay rises!
    This is abominable when MPS are given 3% pay rises pa ,expenses and financial assistance to allow working from home if only health and care workers had this luxury?
    1950’s women’s lives are now being put at risk as they are out there on the front line as stated above and perhaps in other vital areas such as supermarkets and retail outlets with the lack of “precious PPE” and restricted testing.
    How much more are the 1950’s women going to have to bear simply because of their date of birth?
    Lifting of the triple lock is a No No. The fight of these women goes on ,myself included.
    We Modern Day Suffragettes are not going away God willing we avoid Covid -19…Stay safe,stay sane.

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  12. Not only do I not get my state pension my private pension value has plummeted due to COVD 19. Another kick in the teeth for all my hard work .

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    • Care workers are not being tested. My daughter in law has headaches a tight chest, because she has no cough or temperature yet she gets told to do nothing. If she gets a cough she has to drive 70 miles to Plymouth with 2 children under 8 when feeling unwell

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    • Just been speaking to a 45 year old man that I’d never spoken to before. The first thing he said was, I will never get a pension and the company he works for written to him and his work mates to say their company pension fund will be paying less to them when they retire. He’s devastated. 45 and devastated. 4 weeks of furlough but the theiving pension funds already taking away their retirement funds. What a wonderful world to be in with 3 kids to bring up.

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  13. I am a nurse in the NHS and over 60, I suppose this is another good ploy to avoid ever paying us our pensions!! Is there no end to it! We are run like a third world country! Shame on them. By the way I do not think men should be working till 66 either!!

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  14. Care workers are not being tested. My daughter in law has headaches a tight chest, because she has no cough or temperature yet she gets told to do nothing. If she gets a cough she has to drive 70 miles to Plymouth with 2 children under 8 when feeling unwell

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  15. Personally, I do not think the this Government has or ever did have any intention of acknowledging the plight we 1950’s Womens suffering. As immoral as it was our Pensions were ‘stolen’ to likely bail out the banks. They will never openly admit this, I believe it was just too much of an easy pot of money to leave alone. I totally agree with one of the previous comments, there will always be something the Government will latch on to as an excuse not to give us our Pensions. First Brexit, then 2 General Elections and now Covid 19. The Chancellor has now spent so much money I doubt if the 1960’s Women will see anything of their State Pensions either. I wrote to the Chancellor when he was on his ‘spending spree’, handing out money like it was Christmas. In the letter I stated the plight, not just mine, but all 1950’s Women and to please not let us be amongst the ‘forgotten’. I must say that I didn’t hold out too much hope and I was correct, because I received no acknowledgment whatsoever. Even the Chancellors lackeys must be too busy!. As I see it, all I can do is hold out hope for a positive result from the July Appeal. For myself, my twin Sister and all you lovely Ladies out there who are as angry, disappointed, frustrated and down right as pissed off as I am.

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  16. call me a skeptic or ‘delusional’ but i can’t thinking the government may have a conflict of interests here as far as pensions liability goes……

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  17. Worked since 15 left my babies at 6 weeks old to go back to work no child care gran stepped in now looking after my husband l am now 64 stopped working at 63 due to my husbands health l don’t get a penny will have to wait until l am hearly 67 l can’t even get pension credits due to my husbands private pension l would love to get up on a podium and tell the gov my story l worked in social care nearly all my workig life it was rewarding but very hard work no health and safety l have so much to say about struggling with work elderly parents and now my pension has been stolen l have a gum disease and can’t afford to go to my dentist l hope all parties who agreed to this are proud

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  18. To add to your information David about the clear deception that is going on in this Country to wipe out the elderly.

    I’m 61 work in frontline services. Diabetic on max tablets and injecting 3 times a day as my diabetes has been out of control following 2 infections.

    I still have to work.

    I contacted the IDF International Diabetes Federation and asked should I be working in front line services.

    Their response today
    “Personally I would say absolutely not because the person is twice a risk person…because diabetic and older than 60 ( in Belgium this person would not be allowed to work in front line services).

    I then checked to see if Belgium was classed as a developing nation. “Wikipedia states no it’s a developed country with advance high income very high quality of life”.

    So why is diabetis UK not supporting that. Why every time I speak to GP is the diabetis side totally ignored. It’s as if there’s a blanket over UK regarding the over 60’s and why they are not being shielded with health issues.

    I am happy to send you the emails David you have my email address. I have sent again this morning to diabetes UK the same question and await there answer to date I’ve sent 3 messages and no response.

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  19. Further to my last message I have contacted EASS the equality advisory support service . Asking why the 60+ generation are being used this way in a deviled nation when this clearly us not what other developed nations are doing. Why UK over 60’s have no equality or protection.

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  20. Comes as no surprise. Dominic Cummings comments on coronavirus planning and ‘losing some pensioners’ clearly demonstrates the government’s strategy to keep ‘hitting’ pensioners. The indifference to the effects on care homes just re-inforces the attitude: if enough of us die, it will make life so much easier for them. They seem to forget we have already paid during our whole lives and they stole the provisions we laid down for our care and retirement over many decades. We’ve got to the stage that even the population has forgotten that we were promised care from ‘cradle to grave’ as it now seems acceptable to try to make pensioners pay again, even to misappropriating their homes, for the cover for which they were conned into paying into the National Insurance pot. This is completely amoral and, when they have bled us dry, who’s next? The most obvious vulnerable group is the disabled! This government seeks to bleed others for their failures: the current whining about the effort they’re putting in is so indicative: it’s achievement that is most important in this crisis. Work smarter not harder!

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  21. And in that context, we are starting to hear some bizarre autarkic rhetoric, when barriers are going up, and when there is a risk that new diseases such as coronavirus will trigger a panic and a desire for market segregation that go beyond what is medically rational to the point of doing real and unnecessary economic damage, then at that moment humanity needs some government somewhere that is willing at least to make the case powerfully for freedom of exchange, some country ready to take off its Clark Kent spectacles and leap into the phone booth and emerge with its cloak flowing as the supercharged champion, of the right of the populations of the earth to buy and sell freely among each other.
    And here in Greenwich in the first week of February 2020, I can tell you in all humility that the UK is ready for that role. Boris Johnson speech at Greenwich 03/02/2020

    There we are in Johnson’s own words what he thought about Coronavirus. The People of this country have died and are dying for the governments belief in Free Trade in a world of trading blocs

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  22. Since my last message diabetes UK have responded to my question. I asked why are 60+ in the UK working on front line services when the International Diabetes Federation in Belgium has said they should absolutely not be working and in Belgium this would not be allowed.

    I asked why our government used the terminology 60+ vulnerable could work as we are a not a developing nation. Neither is Belgium or other European countries.

    The diabetes UK replied ” We are unsure as to why the government decided not to list people with diabetes alongside the other severely at risk individuals who have been told to shield for 12 weeks”.

    A report from Dr Dispesh Patel on 23/4/30 to the Guardian was asked is diabetis an at risk category. He’s a consultant in diabetes and working on the frontline. His answer ” I am, I guess slightly surprised that diabetes is not on the list of vulnerable conditions, the majority of patients are type 2 and older with other associated conditions making them even more vulnerable”

    He also said type 1 diabetes were majority younger, type 2 were older, with HBP, and these also seem to be vulnerability factors in patients presenting the Covid related illness.

    When asked about the higher rates of Covid 19 hospitalisation cases he explained that abdominal fat which is increased in many type 2 diabetics seems to play a potential for more excess inflammation.

    Dr Patel indicated that those who develop Covid 19 illness are more likely to suffer a worse form of the disease if they have diabetes, in particular if associated with other illness and obesity.

    So the question has to be why therefore is the government not heeding the information out there .

    Because there are over 7 million diabetics so it’s much easier to lose some than protect some.

    What is their mantra stay home protect the NHS save lives.

    They should use another one for the poor sods they’ve abandoned and left out like lambs to the slaughter.

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