Public Health England to be axed as Matt Hancock desperately blame-shifts

Matt Hancock: he was a Covid-19 super-spreader so it should be no surprise that the private organisation he wants to create, replacing Public Health England, is likely to do nothing to prevent the resurgence of the disease across the UK.

Failed Health Secretary Matt Hancock is set to scrap Public Health England (PHE) this week, we’re told, in an attempt to blame somebody else for his failure to control Covid-19 in the UK.

The trouble is, he’s planning to replace it with something worse.

Public Health England, as an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, exists to protect the general health and well-being of English people – in any circumstance. But Hancock wants to replace it with an organisation dedicated only to handling pandemic threats.

And he plans to do this by merging the pandemic response work of PHE with Serco Test and Trace – the privatised ‘test and trace’ system that has already proved itself to be a humiliating failure for the government, and for its plans to privatise NHS services.

What a fiasco.

It means that Hancock is planning to replace a system that he has decided has failed with something that we all know is a failure, for the sake of the Tories’ Holy Grail of NHS privatisation.

And the devil take public health and safety.

Let us also remember that, as a wholly-owned executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, PHE’s failure are entirely the responsibility of one man: Matt Hancock. It seems he is hoping that he can hide his incompetence by dissolving the organisation that contains the evidence.

It doesn’t work that way. The evidence is already public knowledge. Take a look at this article if you need to be convinced.

And we all know where the blame lies:

It’s true. The BMJ article (link above) states that public health funding has fallen by 25 per cent per person in the last five years alone.

Worse still, the rumour mill has it that the new, privatised organisation that will be tasked with protecting us from pandemic infections (but only if it can make a profit from doing it, of course) will be headed by another failure: Dido Harding:

This may be another example of Tories giving jobs to their friends, rather than to anybody who actually knows what they are doing:

It’s interesting also to take note of the fellow-travellers who have sprung up to support Hancock’s plan. These are Tory propagandists who should never be trusted on any subject at all.

Here’s an obvious example: Julia Hartley-Doodah.

Rest assured that nothing good will come of this. Hancock will not succeed in shifting the blame away from himself; his decision can only result in more infections and deaths as Serco continues to take our money while failing to do anything to prevent Covid-19 infections from spreading.

We know this is the wrong decision and it will only worsen a Tory-engineered national disaster.

But there is nothing we can do to prevent it. We lost that opportunity on December 13, 2019.

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2 thoughts on “Public Health England to be axed as Matt Hancock desperately blame-shifts

  1. Stu

    One to look out for is the appointment of Daily Heil “Journalist” and Gove’s wife Sarah Vile, sorry, Vine.
    She somehow already got a place on a Covid Commitee and with Dido’s previous Talktalk partnership with a Heil editor , it’s a shoe-in !

  2. Hecuba

    Fascist tory fake government is administered by elite morons who know everything and nothing!!! The fascist tory boys will never never acknowledge they know nothing and instead think they can fool us ‘peasants’ by creating yet another private enterprise! Public Health England is abolished and replaced with yet another fake private enterprise! Meanwhile the coronavirus will come back in the autumn and what will happen? The fascist tories will blame us peasants for not ‘containing the virus’ and focus will be on us not the 10 year decimation of real public health local government authorities!

    So once again that greedy male owned corporate company SERCO will continue doing nothing and a second wave of the Coronavirus will emerge! But the fascist tories aren’t responsible and they didn’t instigate state mass murder of thousands and thousands of women and men in care homes!

    No it’s our fault – us the peasants who transmitted the coronavirus!

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