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UK PM Johnson has faith in top medical officer - health minister

24 September 2020 - 13:07 By Kate Holton, Sarah Young and Alistair Smout
UK prime minister Boris Johnson says the health ministry will help mitigate the damage of Covid-19.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson says the health ministry will help mitigate the damage of Covid-19.
Image: Hannah McKay/Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faith in his top medical adviser, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, after reports said the government had sought advice on the Covid-19 pandemic elsewhere.

Hancock was asked about a report that Johnson had asked Sweden's top epidemiologist for advice, and whether Johnson had lost faith in England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

"No, on the contrary... There are reasonable disagreements between scientists and the role of Chris Whitty as chief medical officer is to try to synthesise all of that scientific advice and present what he thinks is the best possible scientific analysis," Hancock told BBC Radio.

"Then we take decisions based on that advice and of course, listening to voices right across the board, it's only natural that we should."

Reuters


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