The health secretary’s comments were called a ‘lie’ and an ‘insult’ to frontline staff (Picture: PA/Getty)
Matt Hancock has faced outrage after claiming there was ‘never’ a national personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage.
The health secretary’s remarks were described by Labour as an ‘insult’ to frontline health and care workers who were forced to use bin bags for gowns.
His comments came amid questioning over a High Court ruling that found he had broken the law over Covid-related contracts.
Mr Hancock told Sky News: ‘If I had my time again, absolutely I’d do exactly the same thing again. Exactly the same thing.
‘What I care about is making sure people have he protection they need. I care deeply about the staff of the NHS and the staff who work in social care and I care deeply that they have everything they need.
‘It was really tough but there wasn’t a national shortage at any point. There were difficulties in individual areas but there was never a national shortage.’
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