“I’m tearing my hair out” – government slammed by expert for slow action, complacency, time-wasting and negligence in allowing infected to wander at large
A leading public health expert has slammed Boris Johnson’s government for a litany of negligence, complacency and time-wasting that he says means people are being avoidably infected with the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus.
Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health from 2013-16 and currently part of the Bahraini government’s task force dealing with the virus, listed a series of Tory failings when he appeared on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday as he compared their lack of action with the decisive steps taken in Bahrain.
And he expressed his shock that the government has done nothing to prevent either major crowds gathering or to bar three thousand football fans arriving in Liverpool from virus hotspot Madrid, before delivering a damning verdict – people are being needlessly infected right now because of the Tories’ lack of action and their cuts to public health:
The Tories are out of their depth as their lack of concern for the majority of people in this country is exposed by the coronavirus crisis – and they lack the capacity and care even to take the most obvious and basic steps.
Public health experts like Professor Ashton are tearing their hair out, even as the media continue to do their best to cover for the Tories’ reckless incompetence.
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