Matt Hancock needs to stop pretending his coronavirus testing strategy is anything but a fiasco – The Sun

Stop spinning

WE sympathise with Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary unenviably copping the flak for every Covid setback. But he has to stop spinning and be honest.

Let us say first, though, that he is right to rejoice that the NHS and its increased capacity has coped so far with this catastrophe. And that the nation HAS heeded the call to protect it and save lives.

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And it is potentially fantastic news that human vaccine trials start in Oxford on Thursday, an amazing feat given that these processes normally take years.

Those are all positives.

But Mr Hancock should stop pretending his testing strategy is anything but a fiasco.

Tests are going DOWN.

He promised 100,000 a day by next Thursday.

Why? It merely set him up for humiliation.

And if we can now carry out 39,000 a day, why are only 18,206 done?

Why are NHS staff forced to travel huge distances to a testing centre, only to be turned away?

Why aren’t far, far more being tested if the capacity exists?

On PPE, why announce huge new stocks before they are in hand?

Or sit for weeks on solid offers from UK suppliers?

On masks, why claim to be still evaluating the “science” on their effectiveness, when they are already vital in hospitals and care homes and routinely worn abroad?

The Government really just wants to prevent a public stampede when NHS staff need them more.

This crisis is grim enough without people feeling misled by those they are trusting to see us through it.

Cut fuel now

THE petrol price rip-off is laid bare as never before.

For the first time, oil costs less than nothing. Yes, you read that right.

Is fuel plummeting on our forecourts? Of course not.

Retailers say they cannot afford that, because they’re still flogging petrol and diesel bought at higher ­prices. What self-serving rubbish.

If the wholesale cost was soaring, pump prices would rocket in minutes.

It’s true that a chunk of the fuel price is tax. And far fewer of us are filling up.

But many ARE still having to drive to work and carry out essential deliveries.

FairFuelUK want a new watchdog to ensure fair prices for ever. We agree.

Drivers are sick of being taken for a ride.


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Admirable, sir

LET us salute Admiral, the car insurers.

They know we’re not driving or making claims, so they’re voluntarily refunding £25 per policy . . . or £110million in all.

Quite right.

Insurers shouldn’t be cashing in on economic armageddon.

When will their rivals step up too?

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We are backing a proposal by Lord Ashcroft to honour our health heroes with the gallantry gong given for acts of bravery that did not take place in battle.

A No10 spokesman said: “The NHS is doing a fantastic job and the nation will want to find a way to say thank you when we have defeated this virus.”

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