'Boris Johnson should be held accountable for going maskless in hospitals and theatres'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeatedly set a bad example as he visited a hospital, a theatre and went on a train without wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic

Boris Johnson was seen without a face mask as he met medical staff at Hexham General Hospital
Boris Johnson was seen without a face mask as he met medical staff at Hexham General Hospital

The third Omicron Covid case in the UK and the panicky tightening of restrictions, particularly mask wearing and travel tests, is Boris playing catch-up again?

Bringing England into line with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland underlines that it was a mistake to drop masks as compulsory.

The PM – who repeatedly set a bad example, his dithering and incompetence reinforced by going maskless in a hospital, on a train then in a theatre – must be held to account.

Because our health, lives, jobs, incomes, businesses, services and activities are again under threat as scientists and health experts examine the true danger of the Omicron strain.

The pandemic never ended. The tragedy is the PM behaved as if it had.

The Prime Minister watching Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre in London, with his mask under his chin

It’s unfair care

Denying the elderly and vulnerable the adequate, proper social care they deserve and are entitled to, is utterly scandalous.

Shocking figures finding 391,000 are waiting to be assessed or reassessed is a creaking system failing to operate in the interests of those who most need help.

Directors of adult social services must be heeded and Government funds made available to do whatever it takes to clear the backlog.

Whitehall statements about financial support are a world away from reality and fears are growing the much-heralded £86,000 cost cap in England won’t be a magical solution.

That won’t be implemented until October 2023 anyway, despite Boris Johnson imposing a promise-breaking £12billion National Insurance rise 18 months earlier in April 2022.

We need action now, not later, and replacing an unfair care system with another deeply flawed structure isn’t the answer.

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