Kate Garraway slams Test and Trace program in documentary jibe
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Paul Scully appeared on Good Morning Britain and was brutally grilled over the proposed NHS pay rise and the Government’s Test and Trace system. After host Ben Shephard pushed the minister on whether the Government would make a U-turn on the matter, the conversation quickly moved onto Test and Trace and the findings that it had “no clear impact” on the pandemic. Co-host Kate Garraway then took the chance to stick it to the MP over the Government’s upcoming vaccine documentary which has divided opinions on whether the film is appropriate.
Kate Garraway said to Mr Scully: “You know the point Ben’s making don’t you and when you say it’s not to celebrate government they haven’t made a documentary about the Test and Trace system.
“Which you were just saying was brilliant, they so they’ve made it because everybody accepts the vaccine has gone very well thank goodness.
Mr Scully attempted to defend the documentary and said: “What that will do is showcase British British partnership and British innovation which in itself brings inward investment into this country.
“So it’s really important that we have that long term view, as well as these long term conversations.”
The minister was also quizzed on whether he would like to see a higher pay rise for NHS staff
Mr Shephard asked: “Would you personally – would you like to see them upscale it and review it from one percent?”
Mr Scully replied: “I want to make sure that, first of all, we have a good reward for our nurses [and] our doctors who continue to do amazing work with the NHS“
“They can have a career progression for them as well, so sufficient funding into their salaries that they can actually move through the pay scales as well.”
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The UK Government released a trailer for a documentary titled “A Beacon of Hope: The UK Vaccine Story”.
The short video, posted on the No10 Twitter page, included Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty giving interviews on the vaccine programme.
Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said in the video: “Most vaccines don’t make it, they fall over at some point along the way.
“Extraordinary, unexpected, fantastic – it was one day of real joy and thinking, yes, there’s a way out of this.”
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty added: “We were not absolutely confident at all that any vaccine would be possible.”
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It comes as the Test and Trace programme, costing £37billion, was found to have had “no clear impact” on the pandemic by the Public Accounts Committee.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps attempted to defend the expense saying it “defies logic” that the Test and Trace programme had no effect.
The Government has also defended the one percent proposed pay rise for NHS staff.
The Labour Party has said once inflation has been taken into consideration it is, in real terms, a pay cut.
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