Trouble In Paradise

2 years ago

~1.7 mins read


Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis hinted this morning the government will try to get taxpayers' money back - but he did not guarantee it.

Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said the problems with the shipment 'show the absolute danger of making promises when you can't be sure you can keep them'.

'We know that the number of gowns, or masks or aprons or the type or the quality of equipment is not always what it says on the box,' he said.

'We have warned that setting targets that are not met or saying it is all going fine when in the frontline it manifestly in places is not going fine, undermines confidence and it undermines confidence not just of our members, local leaders, but among frontline staff.

'I think the message is it is better to under-promise and over-deliver than the other way round.'

Mr Lewis was asked on LBC if ministers will try to get a refund and he replied: 'The health department will be looking at all of those issues and I know the team at the health department will be looking to ensure we get a positive outcome from this.

'At the moment, quite rightly, their core focus is on securing the PPE, of the right quality, that we do need to make sure our frontline staff have got the kit that they need..



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