What does it take to make an incompetent Conservative minister resign?
In Matt Hancock’s case, how many excess deaths? How many failures to order adequate equipment? How many dodgy contracts with Tory donors and friends of cabinet members?
Here’s his latest blunder – and it’s a doozy:
Desperate health chiefs have been barred from using thousands of emergency private hospital beds because Matt Hancock failed to renew vital contracts.
The astonishing blunder by the Health Secretary means the struggling NHS has been denied access to 8,000 much-needed extra beds as it faces being overwhelmed by Covid admissions.
Last night a record 37,475 people were in hospital in England with the virus – a third of total capacity.
Tonight a critical care unit nurse said: “It’s pure incompetence.”
But he remains Boris Johnson’s Health Secretary, in defiance of logic, endangering all our lives.
Of course, some might say that he should never have paid for those beds in the first place…
Govt should not be paying for private beds, staff & equipment. It should take them in national interest
Private hospitals are making huge profits from govt pandemic money. They benefit from NHS Accident & Emergency, intensive care & nurse & doctor training
Time to pay back NHS. https://t.co/dVKIWPHO2h
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) January 17, 2021