Health Secretary descends to new depths in his eagerness to deflect blame from Tory government for mounting death toll among NHS staff
Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked again at today’s daily press conference how many NHS staff have died in the fight to save coronavirus sufferers.
Yesterday, he claimed there were nineteen – although the real number was 36. Today, as the death toll reached forty, he had not bothered to update himself and repeated his claim of nineteen.
Hancock would not have had a tough search, had he troubled himself to find out. Nursing magazine Nursing Notes is publishing frequent updates including details of each fallen NHS hero – and had updated well before Hancock’s press conference:
Even the NursingNotes memorial understates the true toll by at least one:
Hancock had not taken time to inform himself.
But he did find time to try to weasel out of the government’s responsibility for failing to provide front-line NHS staff with proper PPE – personal protective equipment – by claiming some might have become infected in other ways.
Instead of by spending time in air swarming with virus particles without the masks, goggles and gowns the World Health Organisation says are vital to defending health workers against the deadly virus.
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