Matt Hancock under fire for filming video at a hospital without wearing a mask

Health Secretary Matt Hancock broke coronavirus rules by recording a Twitter video at a hospital without wearing a mask.

The Cabinet Minister posted the 71 second clip to his 354,000 followers having been filmed at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading without a covering – in clear breach of his own Government’s rules.

Under the heading “When to wear a face covering”, the Government website says: “Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries.”

The publicity-hungry Tory was at the hospital with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith to promote a drive to boost hospital food.

But he could not resist breaking off to film a short clip for his social media fans.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock

The beaming Conservative says: “I have come to the Royal Berkshire Hospital here in Reading to launch the review into hospital food that has been headed up by Prue Leith along with a brilliant professional team.”

He tweeted later: “We today launched the hospital food review at the Royal Berkshire Hospital with Boris Johnson and Prue Leith.

“We’re building 40 new hospitals & these hospitals will have first-class catering built into them – making sure hospital food is part of people’s recovery.”

A Labour spokesman said: “Matt Hancock should be setting an example by wearing face coverings in the NHS.

“This is a pandemic, not a PR stunt.”

It is the second time in a week Mr Hancock has been caught not wearing a mask when he was supposed to.

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The Health Secretary was pictured in his ministerial limousine without a covering last Monday.

Passengers of chauffeur-driven cars are exempt from the £200 fine that can be imposed on the public if they fail to wear a face covering in taxis or private hire cars.

However, Downing Street has advised all ministers to wear face coverings.

Mr Hancock was arriving at the Department for Health and Social Care when he was seen without wearing a mask last week.

His office was contacted for comment.


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