Ministers, NHS deny reports of disagreement over coronavirus response Politics


The ministers and the NHS strongly opposed a series of reports alleging divisions within government and between ministers and health bosses on the response to the coronavirus, stressing that tensions are exaggerated.

Following allegations of disagreements between the Department of Health and Welfare and the NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) regarding the difficulties in deploying more tests for the virus, the health service took the unusual step of call the reports “factually false”.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock rejected the idea that he and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, disagreed on when to end the lockout.

Reports closed a difficult week for the government after criticizing the slowness of testing and the provision of protective equipment for the NHS and medical staff.

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Data from Public Health England at 5:00 a.m.BST on April 5, 2020. Last PHE update at 5:00 BST on April 5, 2020


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