Citing three care homes in his constituency that have had wait times of more than week for test results, Hunt quizzed the prime minister on why he didn’t use his authority as leader of the country to ensure the results came in quicker.
Speaking via video link, Hunt said:
Isn’t the truth that turnaround time is just as important as the volume of tests? So why don’t you, as prime minister, just say ‘This is a public health emergency, I want all test results back within 24 hours.
That would galvanise the system and make the test and trace system work much more effectively.
Johnson, however, had a peculiar answer.
At first he claimed he had introduced a 24-hour target – but then immediately contradicted himself as Hunt asked what deadline he’d given to Dido Harding, head of the track and trace programme, to meet the 24-hour target by.
“I’m not going to give you a deadline right now Jeremy,” Johnson said. “I’ve been forbidden from announcing any more targets or deadlines. It’s going to be as soon as possible”.
His response immediately begs the question: forbidden by who?
Given Boris is the prime minister… who has more power?
Some social media users had their own guesses.
Others asked why on earth Johnson would freely admit that to the public.
What Prime Minister would allow himself to be FORBIDDEN? Much less admit it to the public. @BorisJohnson is in term… https://t.co/Y7XyJL74Hn