Wednesday 9 September 2020 / 10:21 AM Coronavirus / Jonathan Ashworth

Ministers are blaming people for simply doing what they were advised – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to comments made by the Health Secretary today, where he blamed shortages of Covid-19 tests on people who are not ‘eligible’ ordering them, said:

“It beggars belief that after weeks of encouraging people to have a test if feeling unwell, ministers are seeking to blame people for simply doing what they were advised. With children returning to school and thousands returning to the office, it’s obvious extra testing capacity would be needed. The fact ministers failed to plan is yet more staggering incompetence.”