Helen Whately in new car crash interview as she suggests Gov can blame scientists for handling of covid-19 in care homes – The Sun

CARE Minister Helen Whately suggested in another car crash interview the Government could  blame to the scientists over the handling of coronavirus.

In a massive on-air blunder Ms Whately told Kay Burley she could "stick it" to the scientists over the deaths of more than 12,000 people in care homes.

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Ms Burley grilled the Care Minister over the decision to discharge people out of hospital beds and into care homes without being tested for coronavirus, when the Government knew the elderly were more vulnerable to the virus.

The Sky news presenter said: "You got it wrong – discharging elderly people from hospital without being tested, who we know are most at risk."

At every point in the interview Ms Whately said decisions were made by "listening to the guidance and science".

She said "most care homes" avoided having outbreaks at all, despite a third of British care homes reporting coronavirus in their residents.

She said: "We made clinical judgments about what would be in the clinical interest of people."

But Kay hit back: "It was policy it wasn't clinical judgment."

Trying to speak over her, Ms Whately repeated: "We listened to the scientific advice."

Ms Burley pushed harder, saying: "And then you make the policy, you take their advice and then you make the policy."

"You can't stick this onto the scientists."

Ms Whately then said: "well I can."

She desperately tried to row back what she had just said, saying "No, no that's not what I meant to say."

But Ms Burley said: "You just said I can stick this on the scientists – that is your words.

"I didn't put that in your mouth."

Trying to clarify her words, she said: "Wha I meant to say is we have taken the scientific advice at every stage of this process.

"We take the scientific advice and then a judgment is made about what decision to take."

The disastrous interview on Sky News was just the latest in a string of on-air mishaps for Ms Whately during the coronavirus crisis.

'Doesn't know anything about anything'

She was accused by Piers Morgan of laughing live on tv while talking about the deaths in care homes.

The Good Morning Britain host ripped into Ms Whately as she tried to defend why so few residents had been tested during the early stages of the Government's fight against coronavirus in care homes.

Piers then tore into Ms Whately again over still not knowing the number of people who had died in care homes.

Piers weighed into the latest interview, after Ms Whately could not answer how many people had been quarantined one day into the new 14-day isolation rules for travellers.

He said: "Do you remember she's the care minister who had no idea how many people were dying in care homes, no idea how many health workers were dying.

"She now has no idea how many people have been quarantined.

"I think we've established, Helen Whately, you have no idea about anything."

"You ask (Government ministers) simple questions and they can't answer any of them. How did she ever get to be care minister?

"I'm not being funny. But she doesn't seem to know anything about anything."


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