Priti Patel squirms as Dr Hilary grills her on PPE ‘when will we get an answer?’

Answering questions from Lorraine Kelly on ITV Good Morning Britain, the Home Secretary claimed there is “no silver bullet” and “no one has the answers” to fully resolve the coronavirus crisis. But when questioned by Lorraine on the “awful” Government’s response to testing and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to key workers in the UK, Priti Patel was also forced to face Dr Hilary Jones on the issue. 

Dr Jones pressed the Home Secretary to provide certainty for NHS and care homes workers still waiting for PPE.

He asked: “Some of them are still very worried, some of them are buying their own equipment and to having to resort to that.

“They’re worried about the spare capacity in hospitals.

“I mean, when are we going to get an answer on this?

“Because so many firms have offered help and they’ve been turned down.”

Ms Patel replied: “Dr Hilary, you are absolutely right and thank you. I think you played a really important role as well in actually communicating what people need to do day in and day out to stop the spread of the virus.

“And this is a collective effort. I think it’s actually now become a national effort surrounding PPE.

“I’m an Essex MP and I’ve been contacted by many firms locally, myself as well, saying we want to help in this national effort.

“That is much more taking place, let me give you that assurance now.

“And the Cabinet Office in Government have led that workstream.”


It comes as people in England will now be allowed to spend more time outside, meet a friend at the park and view a potential new home as the Government begins to relax coronavirus lockdown measures despite the death toll continuing to rise.

Changes in the guidelines, which come into force from Wednesday, have caused confusion and anger – as people remain unable to visit relatives or friends at their homes, but can now be shown around a property for sale.

The move to unlock the housing market will enable buyers and renters to complete purchases and view properties in person, while visiting estate agents, developer sales offices or show homes will also be allowed.

The Government estimates more than 450,000 buyers and renters have been unable to progress their plans to move house since lockdown measures were introduced in March.

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Unlimited exercise, sunbathing and meeting one person from another household in a public space will also be permitted in England from Wednesday, as long as the two-metre rule is respected, while golf clubs, tennis courts and angling have been given the green light.

Restrictions on how far people can travel to get to the countryside, national parks and beaches in England have also been lifted – but people have been warned to respect local communities, keep their distance from others and avoid hotspots or busy areas.

Advice on avoiding public transport aside from essential journeys remains in place, and staying overnight at a holiday or second home is also not allowed.

Fines for those who break the rules will now start at £100 in England, and will double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200. Stricter rules remain in place in the rest of the UK.

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