Piers Morgan demands Matt Hancock resigns in savage GMB interview

Piers Morgan laid into Health Secretary Matt Hancock during Monday's Good Morning Britain as he probed the politician about why he hasn't resigned.

The 55-year-old journalist grilled Matt Hancock about the coronavirus pandemic and death toll in England, and also asked him about the government's said "boycott" of GMB.

Piers claimed the testing policy "a complete shambles".

He said: "You are the Health Secretary, it's on your watch. It turned out we had very little protective personal equipment for our health workers, so hundreds of them died.

"It then turned out that in care homes, far from having the ring of protection which you'd been boasting about, we actually sent thousands of elderly people out of hospitals and into care homes without testing them."

Piers raged: "Given that we now have over 50,000 deaths in this country, which is the worst death toll in Europe, why are you still Health Secretary? Why haven't you handed in your resignation?"

Hancock replied: "Well because we've been building the response to all of these enormous challenges of this unprecedented pandemic.

"I mean I'll just pick out a few of that long list, the first thing is on testing, we've hit each of the targets that I've set, half a million tests a day capacity now.

"I'm here to tell you that we're going to double that over the next few months and that means that we can use testing in order to find where the virus is and crucially we've got those turn-around-times down so that people can get the results back faster and then can isolate if needed."

Piers also questioned the Health Secretary about the government's said "boycott" of GMB this year.

Hancock denied there was an official boycott, saying: "I said I would come on as soon as the diaries allow".

Piers pressed that ITV viewers wanted to know why no Downing Street official would appear on the programme for six months during the pandemic.

The health secretary insisted he has been "working incredibly hard", as he announced the governments plans to make testing available for every care home by Christmas

This would mean families could reunite after spending months apart.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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