Matt Hancock will host a press conference tonight following a vicious attack by Dominic Cummings last night.
The Minister of Health will speak publicly for the first time since the Prime Minister’s former advisor launched a devastating attack on him yesterday.
Mr Cummings said he believed Hancock should have been fired and Boris Johnson was considering firing him last April.
Hancock will also face MPs in the House of Commons today on an urgent matter from Labor’s shadow health secretary.
Downing Street did not deny that the Prime Minister considered firing Mr Hancock last April but insisted Boris Johnson now has confidence in him as the Health Secretary denied the allegations.
Mr Cummings said there were about 20 reasons why Mr Hancock should have been kicked out of the Cabinet – including how he claimed to have lied both in meetings and in public.
Mr. Hancock used Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance as “shields” to hold himself responsible for his failures, Cummings alleged.
He said Mr Hancock performed “disastrously” below expected standards and the cabinet secretary – the country’s top official – recommended that the health secretary be fired.
Mr Cummings said while Donald Trump ordered the CIA to “gazump” rival countries on orders for personal protective equipment (PPE), the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) was still trying to get orders from China by ship.
“I think the health secretary should have been fired on at least 15, 20 things, including lying multiple times at post-cabinet meetings and in public,” Cummings said.
“There is no doubt at all that many elderly people have been far, far disastrously below the standards the country is right to expect. I think the Minister of Health is certainly one of those people.
“I said repeatedly to the Prime Minister that he should be fired, as well as the Cabinet Secretary and many other high-ranking people.”
Sir Mark Sedwill was Cabinet Secretary until September 2020, a period that covered the first phase of the pandemic.
“We absolutely reject Mr. Cummings’ allegations about the Minister of Health,” said a spokesman for Mr. Hancock.
“The Minister of Health will continue to work closely with the Prime Minister to roll out the vaccine, address the risks associated with variants and help the NHS and social care sectors recover from this pandemic.”
He insisted that the Minister of Health “worked incredibly hard in unprecedented circumstances to protect the NHS and save lives”.
When he arrived at his home in North London on Wednesday evening, Mr Hancock said, “I did not see this performance in full today and instead I was busy getting the vaccination rollout going, especially for those over 30 and save. ” Life.
“I’ll make a statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and then I’ll have more to say.”