UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday insisted not to lie to Prime Minister Boris Jonhnson about the COVID-19 pandemic after former Prime Minister Dominic Cummings confirmed it.
In particular, Cummings reported that Hancock lied to colleagues about the handling of COVID-19 in UK nursing homes. Johnson’s former advisor, who is very critical of the minister, said Hancock should have been fired “for at least 15 or 20 things,” including “lying” on “multiple occasions” such as cabinet and town hall meetings.
He also noted that the minister said at a cabinet meeting that people entering nursing homes would be subjected to diagnostic tests for COVID-19. “We found out later that this had not happened,” he said, emphasizing that now “the government’s rhetoric” is that homes are being protected, which Cummings believes is “complete nonsense.”
In an intervention in the House of Commons, the UK minister raised the issue of housing in particular, claiming that the government had put in place a protocol that would allow older people to undergo diagnostic tests when they were “available”.
At the same time, he reiterated that the UK executive had always followed “clinical recommendations” which included three “key” points: that the UK health system at the time did not have the capacity to conduct tests; the fact that testing asymptomatic patients can produce false positive results; and that the tests were done four days before returning to the dormitories so that the patients could return to the dormitories and test positive afterwards.
“We knew from the start that the people who live in residences were among the most vulnerable and we did everything we could to help them,” he assured, before asserting the thousands of deaths from COVID-19 in residences “burden him. a lot and they always will, “Sky News has collected.
On the flip side, Hancock has assured that he knew Cummings wanted him to be fired, but he always had Johnson’s “full support”, the BBC reported.