Jonathan Ashworth – 2020 Comments on Silencing of Chief Nursing Officer

The text of the comments made by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 20 July 2020.

It is scandalous that the nation’s most senior nurse was silenced at the height of the pandemic because she wasn’t prepared to parrot Downing Street spin about Dominic Cummings’ blatant rule breaking.

As the Chief Nursing Officer indicates, it’s unacceptable that’s there was one rule for Johnson’s elite friends and another for the rest of us.

What’s more, it’s astonishing that the Health Secretary refused to explain in the Commons today why he allowed for the chief nurse to be dropped in this way.