Southwark MPs join critics of Hancock’s ‘tone’ comments after doctor MP asks if more tests could have saved lives

Katherine Johnston (07 May, 2020)

The Tooting MP says frontline workers believe lack of testing is responsible for avoidable deaths

36672Dr Allin-Khan MP

Harriet Harman and Neil Coyle are among dozens to call out Matt Hancock’s comments to a fellow MP and keyworker after he told her to ‘watch her tone’ during a parliamentary debate about testing and the UK’s COVID-19 death toll.

Camberwell and Peckham MP described the exchange as ‘creepy’ while Neil Coyle called on the health and social care secretary to issue an apology.

In the House of Commons, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Tooting MP and a medical doctor, asked Hancock whether he acknowledged that a lack of testing has lost lives and been responsible for families being torn apart.

Hancock flatly denied this as ‘untrue’ and told her she would be better served using a different tone in her line of questioning.

You can watch the exchange here:


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