Health Secretary Hancock at the House of Commons hearing: No evidence
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British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has rejected the violent allegations made by former government advisor Dominic Cummings.
He had claimed that Hancock lied several times in the corona crisis.
He had no idea why Cummings made the allegations, Hancock told MPs in London.
It is significant, however, that Cummings has provided no evidence since he testified two weeks ago.
"I got out of bed every morning with the belief and attitude that it was my job to save lives and free this country from the pandemic," Hancock said.
He always acted with "honesty" and "integrity" and felt Johnson's trust.
Boris Johnson's former advisor, Cummings, had sharply criticized the government's management, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, saying that politics had failed.
Hancock in particular lied several times, for example when purchasing protective equipment or during corona tests for old people's and nursing homes.
Hancock now told members of two committees of the lower house that the government had always followed scientific advice.
In spring 2020, however, the National Health Service (NHS) did not have the necessary test capacities.
Because the evaluation took several days, some patients who later had a positive test result returned to homes.
There have never been national shortages in protective equipment, Hancock said.
However, he admitted "local difficulties".
There was a huge global demand at the time and China, as one of the most important producers, imposed export restrictions.
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