Coronavirus: Allegations of power vacuum as PM fights COVID-19 in intensive care | Political News

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Senior cabinet ministers face questions about who makes the big decisions in government while Boris Johnson fights the coronavirus in intensive care.

After the chief medical officer of England suggested that mistakes had been made in the UK’s approach to testing, a strategy to increase the number of COVID-19 testing is a key issue facing the cabinet in the absence of the Prime Minister.

But the biggest dilemma for ministers is how and when to end the coronavirus confinement.

Staff of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust gathered to wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery
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Staff of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust gathered to wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery

Dominic Raab, the PM’s replacement, declined to confirm whether a loosening decision would be made on Easter Monday – and suggested it might be delayed.

There are now claims of a power vacuum in the heart of government after Downing Street has revealed that there are strict limitations on Mr. Raab’s powers while he replaces Mr. Johnson at key meetings.

There are also doubts in Whitehall as to whether critical foreclosure decisions can be made without Mr. Johnson’s contribution.

Raab, the first secretary of state and the minister of foreign affairs, struggled to answer questions about whether he had the power to change course.

Some MPs are calling for the appointment of an interim Prime Minister – and Lord Heseltine, who was Deputy Prime Minister under John Major, called for clarity on the powers given to Mr. Raab.



Foreign Minister Dominic Raab says he is confident that the Prime Minister will fare as a `` fighter ''.

“PM is a fighter – I am sure he will be okay”

“There must come a time when an MP is effectively Prime Minister,” Lord Heseltine told the Daily Telegraph. “I don’t think we have probably fully understood by now.

“But the current urgency of the situation and the potential decisions that may need to be made mean that Dominic Raab will have to exercise discretion and know when to act. “

When Mr. Johnson announced that his TV address would be locked on March 23, he said he would be re-examined after three weeks.

Flowers have been delivered to Downing Street while Boris Johnson is being treated in intensive care
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Flowers have been delivered to Downing Street while Boris Johnson is being treated in intensive care

But at the last Downing Street press conference, Raab said, “We are not there yet. “

After two nights in intensive care struggling with the virus, Johnson’s condition is stable and in a good mood, according to number 10. He is receiving oxygen but is not on a ventilator and has no pneumonia.

Calling the Prime Minister “a colleague and a friend,” Mr. Raab said, “I am sure he will get by because if there is one thing I know about this Prime Minister, it is is a fighter and he will return to the bar to get us through this crisis in no time. ”

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But it was clear from the latest PM video appearance last Friday that he was struggling to clear the virus – and he was admitted to London’s St Thomas Hospital on Sunday evening.

Mr. Johnson has now spent a third night in the hospital – and since much of the 55-year stay was spent in intensive care, Raab’s statement that Mr. Johnson will be back soon of the government’s fight against the coronavirus seems optimistic.

Alarming alarm among Conservative MPs, medical experts say Johnson could be out of work for at least a month, and his recovery from the shock of an intensive care unit could last until summer.



Huge tanks of liquid oxygen have been delivered to NHS Nightingale, the makeshift hospital of the ExCeL center in east London

Liquid oxygen delivered to the NHS Nightingale

Professor Paul Hunter, infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, told the Daily Mail: “If you have been sick enough to continue intensive care and you survive – and only about half of the patients survive – , you will clearly need it time to recover.

“I would expect most people who were so sick, need at least a month or maybe two to be back enough to function. “



Huge tanks of liquid oxygen have been delivered to NHS Nightingale, the makeshift hospital of the ExCeL center in east London

Liquid oxygen delivered to the NHS Nightingale

Professor Mike Grocott, an intensive care medicine consultant at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and vice-president of the Royal College of Anesthetists, said: “On average, a person who spends some time in intensive care on oxygen therapy alone , but basically immobile, would have a decrease in physical function for a period of time, which could extend over several weeks.

“A period of inactivity will have an effect on physical function, usually characterized by loss of muscle mass and strength. It depends on the severity of the duration and extent of the disease and also depends on the quality and time invested in rehabilitation. . “

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