Liverpool news David Cameron brazenly claims austerity prepared country for virus MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Former PM's comments come despite experts saying cuts left country in poor position to handle health crisis
Breaking News ! Former Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed that the austerity agenda he led has placed the UK in a better position to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Cameron and his then Chancellor George Osborne launched the controversial policy after coming into power in 2010 and would go on to cripple local government and public services. No city has been hit harder by this policy than Liverpool, which has seen £430m wiped from its funding and struggling to stay afloat and provide the most basic of services. Experts have warned that a decade of brutal cuts to the country's public services left the NHS on its knees and and the country in a poor state to cope with the pandemic when it arrived in the Spring. But in words that are likely to be met with consternation and anger in many quarters, Mr Cameron thinks differently. In an updated foreword for the paperback edition of his memoirs released Thursday, Mr Cameron also admits that while he did try to prep for a pandemic, accusations Britain weren't fully prepared are "partly accurate". Mr Cameron argues that cuts introduced when he came to power in 2010 did "fix the roof when the sun was shining". He added: "Covid-19 was the rainy day we had been saving for. Read More Related Articles Sign up for the free Liverpool Echo newsletters Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it "Our actions meant that the next but one administration was able to offer an unprecedented package of measures to prop up the economy. "I sat watching Chancellor Rishi Sunak ’s press conferences thinking how vital it was that we had taken those difficult decisions when we did" Experts, including at the think tank IPPR, have said that budget cutbacks left parts of the Government - including the NHS, under prepared for the crisis. This summer an IPPR report argued that a decade of austerity had "ripped the resilience out of the heath and care service" leaving it in a "dire state" just as it faced its greatest challenge since its founding.
. They argued that while the NHS in England was not overrun by COVID-19, the lack of capacity in the health system forced the government to make harmful policy choices - including 2 million cancelled ‘non-urgent’ or ‘routine’ treatments. Mr Cameron also rejected the idea that the UK was unprepared for a pandemic, claiming that as a PM the prospect of a disastrous event like a pandemic "is never far from your mind". Find coronavirus information where you live by putting your post code in
He added: "I knew a pandemic would come one day, possibly sooner rather than later. "That’s why I made it a ‘tier one risk’ at the National Security Council. "We also established a sub-committee to deal with Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingencies. "The accusation – which is partly accurate – is that subsequently not enough was done to prepare specifically for what followed. "But this is what strategists mean when they talk about ‘known unknowns’. "We knew a pandemic was coming, we just didn’t know what type. "It is now clear, in a way it wasn’t then, that the extensive preparations made for pandemic flu were not wholly transferable to handling a pandemic of a very different kind."
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