Let me finish the answer UK Health Secretary loses it with BBC host amid Covid 19 lockdown exit strategy talk

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock lost his temper with the BBC on Thursday, after accusations the government is giving mixed messages on Covid-19 and calls for clarity on an ‘exit strategy’ from the current lockdown.

During an interview with Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Hancock was pressed on remarks made by Professor Neil Ferguson – a key scientific adviser to the government – who has insisted ministers need to “accelerate” exit decisions from the strict lockdown measures.

Defending the government’s coronavirus strategy, Hancock insisted that it was important how the government communicates its message to the British public on the Covid-19 pandemic, before Robinson received an ill-tempered response for trying to interrupt the health minister.

Let me please, let me finish the answer!

In case you missed it, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock lost his temper with Nick Robinson on Radio 4 earlier. You can hear his outburst at 1:07. pic.twitter.com/Jvr1l0JmRh

An exasperated Hancock then took a swipe at his critics, angrily insisting that the scientists, commentators and interviewers “can say what they like,” “but [ the government] will do what is best by dealing with this virus.”

The UK government has so far resisted calls from, among others, the Labour Party, to outline what an exit plan would look like, insisting that the priority must be sticking to the current lockdown rules, principally ‘staying at home.’

Many on social media seem to have revelled at the health secretary losing his temper, with some suggesting that maybe he should have listened to scientists instead of other government advisers like Dominic Cummings so that “we wouldn’t have such a high death toll.”

Blimey Matt Hancock just lost it with Nick Robinson (who was being very polite & respectful towards the Healthb Minister) on #r4today .Wait ‘till Piers Morgan and Andrew Neil get their hands on the incompetent Hancock. pic.twitter.com/oEgERmz1WO

Paul – a prominent left-wing journalist and author – hit out at Hancock on Twitter for not providing a clear strategy for moving forward, following on from “the ventilator fiasco, the PPE fiasco, the care home shambles.”

On @MattHancock bad half-hour…. 1/ The UK govt is set to extend the lockdown by 3x weeks. Good, because it’s working. But what is the strategy beyond lockdown? That’s a legitimate question and it can be answered without confusing today’s public health message…

On Wednesday the health secretary got heavily lambasted for offering UK care workers a “badge of honor” that may get them perks similar to NHS staff amid the pandemic. Providing care workers with protective equipment and additional funding should have been his first concern instead, many critics argued.

Figures published by the Department for Health and Social Care on Wednesday showed that 98,476 people in the UK had tested positive for the virus since the start of the outbreak. Of these, 12,868 have died – 761 of them in the last 24-hour period of reporting.

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