Ministers must get a grip on Covid-19 crisis

Responding to Dominic Raab's announcement that the lockdown measures will remain in place for at least another three weeks, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:


"It is absolutely right that we continue to do everything we can to reduce the transmission of this virus. That means accepting the necessity for the lockdown measures to remain in place. Nothing could be more important right now.

"However, if Ministers are asking people to stay at home, people are right to be asking Ministers to get a grip on the crisis.

“Ministers must do much more to support and protect the dedicated staff facing down this pandemic in our NHS and social care sector. Every single member of that workforce must have access to lifesaving personal protective equipment. The long-running shortages and distribution problems have become a national scandal.

"Testing too remains an area of real concern. We are already in the second half of April, but we are achieving barely a fifth of the 100,000 per day testing target. Without effective testing for all NHS staff, social care staff and those they are caring for - let alone wider community testing - we risk long chains of transmission among the most vulnerable groups.

"Given the crisis that is unfolding, scrutiny of the Government is more important than ever. The return of Parliament cannot come quickly enough. MPs from across the political spectrum must be able to ask tough questions of Ministers and hold this Government to account for their management of this crisis."

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