Matt Hancock has refused to atone for the Government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and he refused to apologise to the relative of a frontline NHS worker who fought for more PPE.
Approximately 3,096 people have died from the coronavirus in care homes since the inception of the pandemic and when Matt Hancock was asked if testing was inept or if he planned to apologise, he stated that the Government had not left people unprotected.
And when asked if he would apologise to the families of care home residents who had died because the Government hadn’t properly protected them, he stated that he thought it was an unreasonable question and stated that care homes had been a top priority right from the start.
But he then stated that testing would finally be made available to all care home residents and staff in England, including those with no symptoms. He further stated that the Government would include the number of deaths in care homes and the community in its daily figures, to bring as much clarity as possible to the data.
It came only hours after Matt Hancock was confronted live on air by the son of a doctor who died after begging for PPE.
Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury warned the government about the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff days before his passing.
The 53-year-old consultant urologist is one of more than 100 NHS and social care workers who have died after getting coronavirus and his son Intisar asked for the Health Secretary to make a public apology during a phone-in on LBC Radio.
Intisar stated that when his father was sick he penned an open letter to the Prime Minister urging for more PPE for NHS frontline workers but it was a request that was disregarded and two weeks later his father passed away from the coronavirus.
Since then, over 100 NHS and social care workers have passed away from getting the virus.
Intisar said, “Do you regret not taking my dad’s concerns, my 11-year-old sister dad’s concerns and my wife’s husband’s concerns seriously enough for my dad that we’ve all lost?”
The Health Secretary seemed momentarily lost for words before he responded: “Intisar, I’m really sorry about your dad’s death.
“I have seen the comments you’ve made and what you’ve said in public and I think it’s very brave of you to be speaking out in public.
“We took it very very seriously what your father said and we’ve been working around the clock to ensure that there’s enough protective equipment and in the case of anybody who works in the NHS or in social care and has died from coronavirus we look into it in each case to find out the reasons where they might have caught it and what lessons we can learn.”
He continued the government was “constantly looking and learning” and it was a “very complicated logistical effort”.
But Intisar said he just wanted the Health Secretary to admit mistakes were made and he told the Health Secretary: “Mr Hancock, the public is not expecting the government to handle this perfectly.
“None of us is expecting perfection – we’re expecting progression.
“We just want you to openly acknowledge that there have been mistakes in handling the virus.
“It’s actually for me and so many families who’ve lost so many loved ones as a result of this virus and probably as a result of the government not handling it seriously.
“Openly acknowledging a mistake is not an admission of guilt. It’s genuinely just making you more human.
“So could you please do that for me, maybe today at the press conference today? Maybe a public apology?”
Matt Hancock faltered temporarily before replying: “I think it is very important that we’re constantly learning about how to do these things better.
“And I think listening to the voices on the frontline is a very very important part of how we improve.”
Matt Hancock was asked by host Nick Ferrari whether he accepted that blunders were made in the preparation of PPE.
He responded: “Well, there are things that we’ve changed as we’ve gone through, both because we’ve learnt more things about the virus, also because things didn’t work out as we expected.”
Matt Hancock gave the example of changing guidance on funeral attendance after seeing 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab buried without his family due to the earlier unclear guidance.
Pressed by Mr Ferrari on whether mistakes were made with PPE, Matt Hancock stated: “A huge amount of people are doing everything they can and have done since the start of this crisis, and of course this is a very, very complicated logistical effort but I don’t want to play down the enormous efforts of many thousands of people.”
The 53-year-old was a locum urologist who worked at Homerton Hospital in East London. He died at Queen’s Hospital in Romford after testing positive for coronavirus. He was survived by his wife and two children.
Taking to Facebook last month, Dr Chowdhury penned: “Dear and Respectable Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“Please ensure urgently Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] for each and every NHS health worker in the UK.
“Remember we may be doctor/nurse/HCA/allied health workers who are in direct contact with patients but we are also human beings trying to live in this world disease-free with our family and friends.
“People appreciate us and salute us for our rewarding jobs which is very inspirational, but I would like to say we have to protect ourselves and our families in this global disaster.”
The Muslim Doctors Association gave praise to him in a statement, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, Consultant Urologist at Homerton Hospital, after fighting for his life from Covid-19.
“He leaves behind his wife and two children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
“Two weeks before his admission to hospital he wrote a message to the Prime Minister urging for better PPE.
“May he rest in peace.”
The preponderance of care homes in the United Kingdom are privately run and usually, the care and protection of the elderly people, staff and provision of PPE, cleaning materials et cetera would be the establishment’s responsibility, but in situations like this government should be holding out their hands, providing free provisions because this is a grave pandemic and if one gets sick, we all get sick or die.
Matt Hancock should be getting his finger out of his backside, but then he’s only the monkey but the buck stops with the organ grinder and Boris Johnson should atone for the way his inept government has handled this and then quit his position completely because the buck does stop with him.
The problem is these rich fellows are so superior and misled and who think of themselves as self-entitled and they’re full of disdain for anyone that didn’t go to a public school.
In fact, there’s no point in him trying to apologise because we all know that at best he failed dreadfully, at worst he simply didn’t care because it wasn’t his family dying and it wasn’t his family on the front line.
And how this man Matt Hancock has the temerity to stand and answer interrogatories regards his direct responsibility for many of the deaths simply by allowing infected COVID 19 patients to be released from hospital straight back or into care homes is shameful.
And why has none of the big kahuna’s (journalists) asked Matt Hancock if he’s guilty of gross neglect in office, and he should quit for numerous catastrophic reasons?