How Hancock retaliated to Cummings’ Covid allegations
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has hit back at Dominic Cummings and his charges, saying the Government has improved since the former aide left No 10.
When he appeared before the same committee of MPs reviewing the pandemic response on Thursday, the Cabinet minister refuted a series of allegations made by Mr Cummings.
Mr Cummings, a former Brexit campaigner who departed Downing Street in December, had accused the Health Secretary of lying, failing on care homes, and engaging in “criminal, disgraceful” testing behavior.
Mr Cummings’ assertions, however, will remain unsubstantiated since he has failed to offer supporting evidence, according to a senior MP who chairs the committee.
Mr Hancock claimed he has “no idea” why he was singled out by the former staffer, but that he was aware that he wanted him fired, implying that the staffer told journalists about his wishes.
“I believe the nicest thing to say about it, and I believe a lot of people in Government will agree with me on this, is that government has operated better in the last six months,” the minister added.
At the joint Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees, the Health Secretary attempted to refute Mr Cummings’ statements as follows:
– A long list of lies
Mr. Cummings accused the Health Secretary of lying repeatedly, claiming that he was backed up by Lord Sedwill, the cabinet secretary at the time.
Mr Hancock, on the other hand, denied ever purposefully misled the Prime Minister, plainly responding, “No.”
“Throughout this, I have gotten out of bed every morning with the view and attitude that my job is to save lives and get this country out of the pandemic,” he continued.
“To the best of my ability, I attempted to do it with an approach of honesty and integrity, critically answering questions both in public and in private.”
– Disturbance at a nursing home
Mr Cummings said the Health Secretary’s claim that he placed a “shield” around care facilities “total rubbish.”
He said that Mr Hancock told the Prime Minister “categorically in. (This is a brief piece.)