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UK Government buried warnings of pandemic three years ago: Care Minister responds to findings

UK Government buried warnings of pandemic three years ago: Care Minister responds to findings

The Sunday Telegraph exclusively revealed that ministers were warned that the NHS could not cope with a pandemic three years ago but the ‘terrifying' results were kept secret.

Ministers were informed three years ago that Britain would be quickly overwhelmed by a severe outbreak amid a shortage of critical care beds, morgue capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE), an investigation has discovered.

Codenamed Exercise Cygnus, the three-day dry run for a pandemic carried out in October 2016 tested how NHS hospitals and other services would cope in the event of a major flu outbreak with a similar mortality rate to Covid-19.

Care Minister Helen Whately, who did not hold the role at the time of the test, speaks to LBC's Nick Ferrari about the findings.

Read the full story here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/28/exclusive-ministers-warned-nhs-could-not-cope-pandemic-three/?WT.mc_id=tmg_youtube_offsite_televideo-youtubevideo&utm_source=tmgoff&utm_medium=tmg_youtube&utm_content=offsite_televideo&utm_campaign=tmg_youtube_offsite_televideo-youtubevideo

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