Health Secretary Matt Hancock is facing questions about the UK’s pandemic response – and offering answers to the accusations made by Dominic Cummings as he appears in front of a select committee today (Thursday.)
Mr Hancock was accused by the Prime Minister’s former chief aide of lying to Boris Johnson over coronavirus plans and being “disastrously incompetent”.
Among the explosive claims from Mr Cummings last month was that Mr Johnson was furious to discover that untested hospital patients had been discharged to care homes, alleging that Mr Hancock had told them both that people being discharged would be tested.
Mr Hancock has since denied promising hospital to care home testing and told the Commons last month that it was not possible to test everyone leaving hospital for social care at the start of the pandemic because the capacity was not available.
He added “his recollection” was committing to delivering testing for people going from hospital into care homes “when we could do it”.
Meanwhile Mr Cummings has been told by senior MPs that his allegations about Mr Hancock would be considered “unsubstantiated” if he failed to provide proof.