A British Government minister, Care Minister, Helen Whately, responded to allegations that the UK Government ignored – and even ‘buried’ – warnings of a pandemic three years ago.
The Sunday Telegraph exclusively revealed that ministers were warned that the NHS could not cope with a pandemic three years ago but the ‘terrifying’ results were kept secret.
Ministers were informed three years ago that Britain would be quickly overwhelmed by a severe outbreak amid a shortage of critical care beds, morgue capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE), an investigation has discovered.
Codenamed Exercise Cygnus, the three-day dry run for a pandemic carried out in October 2016 tested how NHS hospitals and other services would cope in the event of a major flu outbreak with a similar mortality rate to Covid-19.
Care Minister Helen Whately, who did not hold the role at the time of the test, speaks to LBC’s Nick Ferrari about the findings.