John Stone… I’ve seen so many posts and memes about this guy, mostly taking the piss out of his looks. We all need laughs and a bit of dark humour in these times, but we do need to remember to be kind too. So I thought it’d be nice to balance things out with a few kinder words and some facts about our extraordinary Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. He is a Physician and Epidemiologist who has dedicated his life to medical practice, research and teaching and he is considered to be one of the leading world experts on infectious diseases. He only took on the chief CMO role in October 2019, and until the coronavirus threat emerged, he had never done broadcast interviews or held press briefings or conferences. His father was murdered by terrorists in Athens in a case of mistaken identity when he was just a teenager. An event which he says left him “scarred” He has worked in various countries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa and played a leading role in the effort on the Ebola outbreak in 2014, when he held the post of chief scientific adviser at the Department for International Development. Colleagues have described him as “Made for the role of CMO” and “an absolutely extraordinary, brilliant man” and “Exactly the man we need.” We should all be glad to have someone like this helping the country through a health crisis right now. It doesn’t matter what he looks like. He’s just trying to keep us all safe.
Janine Hemsley… absolute genius. Thanks for sharing.
Glen Aylard… Well said …
Julie Findlay-jones… Well said
Judith Monk… Thank God for men like Prof Whitty!
Linda Holter… Why take the piss he’s doing a great hard job and the people who critizise him – I doubt would ever be able to do his work!.
Nadia Compagnone… It‘s always too easy to criticise people who are inadvertently thrown into the media limelight and slagged off by the keyboard warriors. I guess on a one to one conversation with them, Chris would win!
Peter Millington… It is a sign of the times that being cruel to others is too easy via Social Media, particularly by cowards and ignorant people. They think they’re clever throwing insults from the comfort of their own home with little if any consequence.
Jenny Power… A very clever man! x
Tina Shoe… Thank You
Ross Holter… Really hard job,I think he’s doing well.as are all the others
Keith Veness… He’s the best man for the job
Ray Copeland… But he got C19
Gaynor Lewry… Well said John and thank goodness we have such an aspiring man STOP BULLYING
Francoise Pascal… Well said John Stone! This man should be revered not laugh at his looks, only empty headed people would do this!
Andre Martin… I only hope that one day when all this cleared up, somebody will say thank you to all those involved no matter at what level. These people should be given the awards and decorations for actually trying to and hopefully succeeding in solving the worlds problems. But sadly I feel that will not be the case.
Dave Nattress… Well said John. I was not aware of any adverse comments directed towards Prof. Whitty but well done for saying what you have. Despite all the (apparent), Government fumbling, let us not forget, it seems the UK and the World was very suddenly afflicted by this virus and the severity of it. And Yes, there have over some years now, been the discovery of sudden and very serious illnesses apparently springing up out of nowhere that were as-good-as totally unknown prior to their outbreaks, like AIDS, Ebola, Mers and Sars, but there was essentially, reasonably clearly, no text book available as to how to deal with Covid-19 and of course, no specific vaccine. And, stocks of consumables, face-masks, protective gowns, visors, hardware/machinery/equipment in hospitals that it became realised extremely quickly would come to be needed, were not available in sufficient quantities to deal with such a sudden worldwide problem.
Jackie Jolly… Respect