Luis Pitarma was one of two nurses looking after Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he was in hospital in intensive care, but has now spoken out against the Prime Minister’s actions during the partygate
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Luis Pitarma was one of two intensive care nurses looking after the Prime Minister while he was in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in April 2020.
The Prime Minister publicly thanked “Luís [Pitarma] from Portugal” and “Jenny [McGee] from New Zealand” for saving his life.
However, the Portuguese nurse who works has spoken out about the prime minister’s cavalier attitude after he was found to have broken the Partygate law.
The 31-year-old said Mr Johnson “should have had more respect for the British people and all the people who have worked very hard against this pandemic”.
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He went on to slam the Prime Minister’s stance given all the public’s hard work to combat the virus.
Luis said: “I don’t think so [having all those parties] was the best attitude. They should have had a little more regard and a little more respect for the British people and for all the people who have fought very hard against this pandemic, especially in the UK.”
The Prime Minister announced that he tested positive for Covid on March 27, 2020.
On April 3, he claimed to be feeling better but was hospitalized two days later.
On April 6, his condition worsened and he was transferred to the intensive care unit, where he spent three nights with Luis and Jenny caring for him.
Luis is a Senior Staff Nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital and has worked for the Trust since 2016.
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He made the remarks while speaking to Portuguese journalists at the Portuguese embassy on Friday night after he was awarded the Order of Merit.
When asked about his award, Luis said: “I am very proud of my work and the award I have received. It’s a recognition of the effort and hard work over the years.
“I took care of the Prime Minister like I would take care of anyone else. I would like to share this distinction with all other Portuguese nurses working in the UK. I am sure that my colleagues are doing just as great a job as I am.”
In recent months, Johnson has been heavily criticized after a series of scathing revelations and stories about Partygate, the ongoing saga about parties ranked 10th and hosted by government officials during the height of the pandemic.
With the rest of the country unable to be with their loved ones when they died or to see their families, Party No. 10 staffers organized and hosted noisy events that lasted late into the night.
Attendance at any of these events resulted in Boris Johnson being fined and becoming the first sitting Prime Minister to break the law.
This comes after Mr Johnson narrowly avoided being ousted by his own MPs last week in a no-confidence vote largely fueled by Partygate.
A scathing report by official Sue Gray found that there had been “mismanagement at Number 10 and in the Cabinet Office”.
Mr Johnson was also given a fixed sentence for a birthday party held for him at Downing Street in June 2020.
The PM’s wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were also fined for the same gathering.
His former colleague Jenny McGee, who was caring for Mr Johnson in the fight against Covid, publicly resigned from the NHS in May 2021, citing a lack of “respect” for health workers.
Speaking to Channel 4, she said: “Many nurses felt that the government had not been leading very effectively, the indecisiveness, so many mixed messages. It was just really annoying.”
Later in the interview, she added: “We don’t get the respect and we’re not paying what we deserve now. I’m sick. So I submitted my resignation.”
His comments come the same week that 41 percent of the prime minister’s own party voted in a vote of confidence to oust him in the face of Gray’s Partygate report
She had conducted an investigation into 16 events that took place between May 2020 and April 2021.
Twelve of these were also investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
Having survived the vote, the prime minister has since struggled to secure his position in the face of two by-elections looming.
Shortly before the vote in a 1922 meeting with the committee, Mr Johnson boasted “I would do it again” when confronted about Partygate leaving drinks behind in a showdown with his backbenchers.
The Mirror has reached out to No10 for an answer.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/hero-nurse-who-saved-boris-27213491 Hero nurse who saved Boris Johnson's life from Covid slams PM via Partygate