Good morning. Matt Hancock, the well being secretary, will likely be questioned by MPs from the Commons well being and science committees this morning concerning the authorities’s dealing with of the Covid pandemic. He’s anticipated to take questions for as much as 4 hours, and it needs to be essentially the most in-depth interrogation of a cupboard minister on this matter we have now had to date.
Hancock will likely be requested to reply to the a number of allegations in opposition to him final week. However he additionally faces contemporary questions on what was completed to guard care properties. As my colleague Robert Sales space studies, a few of the UK’s largest care house operators have informed the Guardian they repeatedly warned Hancock’s division concerning the danger of not testing folks discharged from hospitals into care properties in March 2020.
And this morning Rachel Clarke, the outstanding palliative care physician and writer, has posted a Twitter thread claiming that when Hancock stated he was defending care properties, he was mendacity. It begins right here.
Clarke says she was working in a hospice when the pandemic began, and that they got the identical PPE as care properties.
She says Hancock stated he was organising an NHS PPE hotline for individuals who wanted PPE. Nevertheless it took a very long time to get by way of, and the hospice was then informed it didn’t qualify for assist. The hospice feared it might need to shut, and solely stayed open as a result of a charity supplied PPE. Clarke says this was the worst dereliction of responsibility she has encountered in 12 years as a physician.
Right here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: Matt Hancock, the well being secretary, offers proof to the Covid inquiry being collectively held by the Commons well being and science committees.
9.30am: NHS England publishes its month-to-month ready time figures.
10am: Simon Case, the cupboard secretary, Sir Chris Wormald, everlasting secretary on the Division for Well being, and Sir Tom Scholar, everlasting secretary on the Treasury, give proof to the Commons public accounts committee on classes realized in the course of the pandemic.
2pm: Public Well being England publishes its weekly Covid surveillance report.
Afternoon: Boris Johnson meets Joe Biden, the US president, in Cornwall. They may signal a brand new “Atlantic constitution”.
Politics Reside has been a mixture of Covid and non-Covid information just lately, and that’s prone to be the case at this time. This morning I will likely be largely specializing in the Hancock committee listening to, and this afternoon I will likely be largely specializing in the Johnson/Biden assembly.
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