• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Cross-party Report slams UK Government's COVID "Public Health Failure"


A report published today by the UK Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee and the Science and Technology Committee, which contain MPs from all parties including Tories, has concluded that the UK Tory Government’s failure to do more to stop COVID-19 spreading early in the pandemic was "one of the most important public health failures the United Kingdom has ever experienced".


The report is critical of the UK Government’s lax, dithering and closed-minded attitude during the early stages of the pandemic, with limited testing, the rejection of scientific advice and poor access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:


“While we all understand that hindsight is 20/20, this report highlights some very valuable lessons.


“I personally look forward to the results of the National Audit Office’s ‘Investigation into Government’s Management of COVID-19 Contracts,’ which is due to be published this winter.


“It’s time the Tories are held accountable for the deals they struck with their friends and donors to make a buck out of the pandemic, which led to extremely poor value for money for the people of the UK including here in Scotland.”


The report Coronavirus: Lessons learned to Date can be read in full via the link below.


https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7496/documents/78687/default/


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