The subject was the Government’s apparent lack of preparedness for the Coronavirus pandemic, and why no action had been taken after Operation Cygnus three years ago. As LBC later told, “Nick pointed out: ‘They spent three days going through this exercise, which showed holes all over the place and nothing was done by the Conservative government. Instead the austerity continued. How do you defend that, Minister?’ Ms Whately insisted she was unclear where that information was from and that really frustrated Nick, who had read it in the Sunday Telegraph the day before”. From there, it went downhill.appearance before Kay Burley on Sky News. “She told Kay Burley [at] Breakfast that there was guidance for care homes ‘very early’ in the Coronavirus pandemic … ‘At all points in this we follow the scientific guidance as to what is the right thing to do,’ Ms Whately added". And then she dropped the ball.
“When it was put to the Minister that ‘you can’t stick this on the scientists’, she replied: ‘Well, I can’ … Challenged about the remark, Ms Whately then backtracked.” She wasn’t up to the job. It would only be a matter of time before there was another horrible howler. And so it came to pass, as Nursing Notes has now told its readers.
Why this matters is not difficult to understand: “In April around 25,000 student nurses and midwives opted in to assist on the NHS front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of unprecedented measures to ensure the health service was not overwhelmed … After just three months, the majority of student nurses were told earlier this week that [their] six month placement would be cut short - instead of ending on 31 July”.
Worse, the Tory talent pool probably can’t do better than her. I’ll just leave that one there.