Barry Gardiner accused Boris Johnson of taking forever to get protective medical equipment to frontline NHS staff as he said some are starting to show symptoms of the deadly coronavirus. The Shadow International Trade Secretary also said there was confusion over the Prime Minister's address as essential workers are allowed to continue going to work. Mr Gardiner questioned whether essential workers meant self-employed people who can't afford to not go to work.
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Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Gardiner said: "This should have been our priority, getting it to our frontline carers, getting it to the first responders.
福利网址"These are the people who are protecting us and they are people who need that PPE. They are the people who need testing."
He continued: "The Prime Minister repeatedly said, 'whatever it takes' and this is not it.
"This takes forever because they're been promising that they would sort this problem out and they haven't.
Barry Gardiner hit out at Boris Johnson
"£2,500 for employees, for people who have got secure employment but if you're self-employed you're only getting £377 a month.
"Five million self-employed workers are not covered by the Government's employee scheme and they want to do the right thing."
He explained: "The Prime Minister said the overnight you shouldn't go into work unless it's essential or you can't work from home.
福利网址"There was confusion. People said 'essential to whom?' because I'm a nurse or if I don't go I don't have any money to pay for food to put on the table."
But Twitter users furiously reacted to the Labour MP's response as Mr Johnson has struggled to help Brits.
One person wrote on Twitter: "Barry Gardiner having a good old whinge about everything is just the tonic we all need, I'm sure."
福利网址Another added: "All I hear is Barry Gardiner playing ‘games’ with people's lives on BBC Radio 4 today."
福利网址A third person said: "Even during a national emergency we’re facing he can’t act with a bit of decency.
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"All about Tory bashing, we’re not blue, red or any other colour Alliance we’re humans facing the same threat.
"Support and help not cry about trivial points on national radio."
福利网址It comes as Parliament gets ready to vote on emergency legislation to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
It is expected MPs will then have a recess following the vote as Westminster has been one of the hardest-hit areas by COVID-19.