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Government preparation for pandemic ‘wanting and inadequate’, Nadine Dorries admits

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Cabinet minister Nadine Dorries has come under fire after effectively admitting that the Conservative government failed to organize the UK for a health emergency like Covid.

In a scathing Twitter attack on Jeremy Hunt after his announcement he would vote against Boris Johnson on this evening’s confidence vote, Ms Dorries said that the previous health secretary had overseen pandemic preparations which were “wanting and inadequate” during his time in office from 2012 to 2018.

Shadow home secretary Wes Streeting said that the comment was “a damning indictment” of the federal government’s preparedness which showed that the Conservatives were “not fit to control”.

Ms Dorries claimed that within the early stages of the Covid outbreak in 2020, when she was a health minister, Mr Hunt contacted her to call for people testing positive to be placed in isolation hotels.

And he or she said that the previous health secretary had been “improper about almost every little thing (and) improper again now”.

She wrote: “On the afternoon of twenty third July 2020 once I was health minister you telephoned me to inform me that we needed to handle the pandemic following the instance set by the East/China. That folks testing positive ought to be faraway from their homes and placed into isolation hotels for 2 weeks.

“You said your wife’s family had experience of this during SARS. I said that British people would never tolerate being faraway from their homes and family members at which point you demanded I show you the evidence for that. Your handling of the pandemic would have been a disaster.

“Your pandemic preparation during six years as health secretary was found wanting and inadequate.Your duplicity immediately in destabilising the party and country to serve your individual personal ambition, more so.”

Mr Streeting responded: “Conservative Cabinet minister admits that their pandemic preparation was ‘found wanting and inadequate’.

“It is a revealing admission and damning indictment of the Conservatives’ pandemic preparedness. They’re not fit to control.”

One other Labour frontbencher Ruth Cadbury said: “Not only are the Conservatives now at war with one another, but former health minister and now cabinet minister Nadine Dorries has admitted that the Conservative government’s preparation for the pandemic was ‘wanting and inadequate’. Britain deserves higher than this.”

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