After holiday preparations became hard for an NHS worker who had Covid twice, she was dissatisfied.
An NHS nurse who has twice recovered from Covid-19 has been upset to learn that Portugal will be added on the UK’s amber travel list, resulting in additional charges for her vacation.
Janice Darling, a site manager for the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for 21 years, is leaving on Friday for a vacation with her friends in Portugal.
The 59-year-old, who has had Covid-19 twice, and her companions have opted to continue their journey, but they will have to segregate when they return.
They’ve acquired Test to Release tests in an attempt to cut their isolation time in half, but Mrs Darling will still have to take five days off work.
Mrs Darling told the PA news agency, “I had Covid in March last year and spent time in critical care.”
“I recovered and went to work in the NHS, where I toiled tirelessly in the belief that the government was doing the best it could.
“Right now, I just feel like it’s a shambles.” Why is it so difficult for me to take a well-deserved vacation?”
Mrs Darling, who lives in Welwyn Garden City and has type two diabetes, said: “Being unwell was terrifying and had long-term consequences,” adding that “before I had Covid, I hadn’t had a day off sick in 12 years.”
Her pals were “extremely distraught” at the idea of having to postpone their vacation, which they had planned for almost eight weeks.
Why is it so difficult for me to take a well-deserved vacation?
Mrs Darling called EasyJet to cancel her flight and was given credit, but she declined, saying, “We have put our parents in respite care at a cost of £2,000, so it’s just not viable to pay to go away again.”
“Plus, this week we spent £480 on pre-departure examinations.
“We don’t have a choice.”
Mrs Darling acknowledged that circumstances could change, but said that “having no warning is just not (on).”