Labour MP Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan who also works as an A & E doctor slammed the government and said that government policies had ‘cost lives’. She questioned Health secretary Matt Hancock about the coronavirus testing strategies to which he told her to ‘watch her tone’.
Labour MP thanked NHS workers and all other care staff for their hard work in the frontline at the start of her speech. She said: “Frontline workers like me have had to watch families break into pieces as we delivered the very worst news to them that the ones they loved most in the world have died.”
Dr. Rosena said the testing strategy has been non-existent and the community testing was scrapped. Mass testing was slow to roll out and testing figures are now being manipulated.
She then asked Matt Hancock: “Does the Secretary of state commit to a minimum of 100,000 tests each day going forward?”
She further asked: “Does the secretary of state admitted that many frontline workers feel that the government lack of testing has cost lives? And the government is responsible for many families being unnecessarily torn apart in grief.”
Matt Hancock responded: “I welcome the honorable lady to her post as a part of the shadow health team. I think she might do well to take a leaf out of the shadow secretary of state’s book in terms of tone.”
Matt Hancock said: “I am afraid what she said is not true. There has been a rapid acceleration in testing over the last few months in this country including getting to 100,000 tests a day.”
Dr. Rosena later took to Twitter and said: “I will respectfully challenge the Government. I want our country to succeed. However, I will not ‘watch my tone’ when dozens of NHS and care staff are dying unnecessarily.”
Former acting Labour Party Leader Harriet Harman also slammed Matt for his comment. She wrote: “Something creepy about a man telling a woman to watch her tone! Worse that he recommends she adopts the tone of another man. I suggest Matt Hancock changes his.”