Last week, the Daily Sceptic reported that some NHS trusts would be dropping their mask requirement following a change in central guidance, following a tip-off from an NHS insider. Perhaps predictably, any change in central policy has not translated into many (or any) trusts dropping their masks and other restrictions, though we have seen one internal newsletter that states its procedures are under review.
In better news, one reader got in touch to say that a private hospital he visited has dropped its mask requirement as of this week.
I went to hospital today in Suffolk as an outpatient (private hospital, Nuffield Health). This was its first day (Wednesday June 1st) of being mask free – staff, consultants and patients.
I asked if this was in all England’s hospitals, NHS or private, but they didn’t know; they had received communication that morning from their people.
I have to say, all staff appeared so happy to get rid of the muzzles, and as patients booking into reception were advised they didn’t need to wear a mask, they all took them off.
I noticed pharmacy dispensers at the in-store Lloyd’s in Sainsbury’s were also mask free; they said it had been like this for a few weeks.
The next test of sanity will be visiting Specsavers.
If other readers have any tidings of hospitals dropping masks and other Covid rules, do email us here.