Tories blurted out lie about PPE arriving on a Sunday – but they hadn’t been ordered until that day. But panic order to save government blushes is still in warehouse
Last month, a Tory minister blurted out that 400,000 protective gowns for NHS staff were arriving the following Sunday morning from Turkey, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock and his boss came under increased pressure for leaving front-line staff exposed to the deadly coronavirus.
It was a lie – the order was subsequently shown only to have been placed on the day of its promised arrival and the gowns arrived days later.
But it has now been revealed that those gowns were the wrong type of gown and are unusable by hospital staff – and sit impounded in a warehouse. Now that the blunder has been exposed, the government has admitted that the gowns are useless.
Hancock’s panic buy to cover his incompetent backside left NHS staff still exposed and desperately trying to improvise their own protection or forced to wear inadequate aprons – and wasted public money on tonnes of useless plastic.
Meanwhile, the Tories continue to lie about their PPE guilt – claiming that there has never been a national run-out of any PPE item even though it is known that stocks of gowns were at zero.
Approaching 200 NHS staff have now died after becoming exposed to the virus.
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