UK health minister rejects COVID failure allegations

Johnson's former aide Dominic Cummings last month said Hancock had repeatedly lied in government meetings on COVID-19, and called for him to be sacked. Hancock has denied the allegations made by Cummings.

"It is telling that no evidence has been provided yet," Hancock told a parliamentary select committee hearing on Thursday (June 10), adding he had never told Johnson anything he knew to be untrue.

Cummings said Hancock had said people would be tested before being discharged into care homes, which then didn't happen.

During the hearing, Hancock said the policy was that people would be tested when tests were available.

"On care home policy throughout we followed the clinical advice," he said. He also defended his record on procuring supply of PPE.

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