I did not lie over COVID response - UK Health Minister | Daily News

I did not lie over COVID response - UK Health Minister

Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock
Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock

UK: Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock rejected bombshell claims made by Boris Johnson’s influential former top aide that he had lied to the Prime Minister and colleagues about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Hancock told MPs that he had tried to adopt an “approach of honesty and integrity”, in response to claims by Dominic Cummings that he had lied about sending hospital patients into care homes and whether all virus patients had received adequate treatment.

Asked if he ever said anything to Johnson he knew was untrue, Hancock replied: “No.”

He added: “I did absolutely say, both in private and in public, that everybody got the Covid treatment that they needed.

“I’ve taken the trouble to check with the Chief Medical Officer (Chris Whitty) and the Chief Scientific Advisor (Patrick Vallance), there was no point at which I was advised that people were not getting what they needed,” he added.

Cummings gave oral evidence to the same parliamentary committee last month, and was asked to produce documentary evidence of his claims, which he has so far failed to do.

Hancock said it was “telling no evidence has been provided yet”..

When asked if he knew that Cummings, who left the Government in November, had wanted him sacked, Hancock replied: “yes, because he briefed the newspapers”, before jibing that “government has operated better over the past six months”.

Hancock only recalled saying patients would be tested according to the number of tests available.

“It was very hard, each and every death in a care home weighs heavily on me, and always will,” he added.

Britain has been one of the country’s worst hit by the pandemic, recording nearly 128,000 deaths.

“We’re in a race between the virus and the vaccine,” said Hancock. “We’re watching the hospitalisation data like a hawk,” Hancock said.- BBC


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