BORIS Johnson branded Matt Hancock “totally f***ing hopeless” and wanted to replace him with Michael Gove, bombshell WhatsApps show.
Dominic Cummings today published explosive screenshots of text exchanges with the PM in an expletive-ridden blogpost excoriating the Health Secretary.
One damning message from March 2020 shows Mr Cummings complaining to the PM about Mr Hancock’s handling of Britain’s sluggish testing rollout.
The PM bluntly replies: “Totally f***ing hopeless”.
In Mr Cummings’ excoriating 7,000-word blogpost:
- He accuses Mr Hancock of “lying” and trying to rewrite history by pretending he had the “heroic” idea of ramping up testing to 100,000 a day
- He claims the PPE shortage “killed” NHS staff
- Mr Cummings claims Mr Hancock ignored the plight of care homes because he was busy planning his testing press conference
- Accuses No10 of lying and covering up
- Doubled down calls for the Health Secretary to be sacked
Mr Cummings published this morning Mr Cummings dumped a trove of private messages from a contact purported to be from the PM.
One message from the PM lays the first wave’s ventilator shortage at the Health Sec’s feet.
Mr Johnson says on March 27: “It’s Hancock. He has been hopeless.”
In another message, on April 27 last year, the PM called the PPE crisis “a disaster” and alluded to diverting some responsibilities to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.
“I can’t think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on,” Mr Johnson apparently added.
Another message from Mr Johnson says: “On PPE it’s a disaster. I can’t think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on.”
Mr Cummings laid out questions he believed Mr Johnson should be asked about the Government’s handling of the pandemic.
He wrote: “Given his failures on testing, care homes and PPE why did you keep in post a Secretary of State you described yourself as ‘totally f**king hopeless’ and how many more people died as a result of your failure to remove him?
“Why is No10 lying, including to Parliament, about the fact that the original plan was “herd immunity by September” and had to be abandoned?
“When did Patrick Vallance brief you on NHS data showing that the death rate at the first April peak was much higher than before/after the peak and do you now agree with Hancock that every patient got the treatment they needed?
“Do you now agree with Hancock that there was no shortage of PPE or do you agree with yourself in April 2020 that PPE supply was ‘a disaster’ that required moving Hancock?
“How many people died in care homes because of what you called the ‘disaster’ on PPE and what you called Hancock’s ‘totally f***ing hopeless’ performance on testing in March?
“When will the SoS come to the House and correct his many false statements to MPs?”