This is not a time for the government’s health office to be clueless or ‘winging it’
This was a genuine conversation between the SKWAWKBOX and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) yesterday. It should frighten us all.
The SKWAWKBOX had called the DHSC media office for information on the government’s ’emergency’ plan to isolate elderly people because of the coronavirus – and, bizarrely, to reduce standards in care homes.
“We’re not giving out any information on that, it will be published when the emergency legislation goes forward”.
“So if it’s emergency legislation, presumably it’s fast – so when will that be?”
“We’re not in a position to say at the moment.”
“How can you have emergency plans that will affect people’s liberty and care standards and not at least have a line ready for the media?”
“Have you looked on the gov.uk website? There’s a whole suite of information there.”
“Does any of it address the government’s plans for the elderly?”
The Tories claim their approach to the pandemic is based on science, yet it appears to be based on ‘winging it’ and hoping nobody would ask for details – and if they do, then sending them to search through a ‘whole suite of information’ that they know doesn’t contain answers to what’s being asked.
More worrying still, questions about the government’s plans to increase the number of NHS ventilators and stocks of a medication said to be effective in treating it have gone unanswered for two days, in spite of a promise of a quick response.
This evasiveness and lack of detail goes right to the top of the department:
The country is in a crisis and being run – or rather not run – by spivs.
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