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I will never forget the brutal realities of the pandemic – This England brushes them aside | Rod Dacombe

On the frontline, I saw abject failure, arbitrary death and utter helplessness. Michael Winterbottom’s Covid drama tells a very different story

During the pandemic I deliberately killed six people. I did this in their homes, in front of witnesses, with their families in the next room.

When paramedics decide that all options for resuscitation are exhausted and that a patient has died, they ask everyone involved if they agree to stop CPR. The first time this happened to me, I didn’t respond straight away. It had never occurred to me that I would consciously have to choose whether to continue with a patient’s treatment: I’d just assumed I’d be told what to do. I was taken aback. But I said yes, I agreed.

Rod Dacombe spent the pandemic driving an ambulance for the NHS

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