Some interesting selective quoting there - and putting his words out of context from what he actually said which was -
Do not overuse PPE, says UK health secretary
There have been cases where medical workers have used more personal protective equipment (PPE) than necessary, the UK health secretary has said, after a doctor's union warned that many doctors were not getting the equipment they need.
The British Medical Association said doctors faced "heart-breaking decisions" over whether to carry on without proper protection.Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that there was enough personal protective equipment to go around if it was used in line with guidance."I don't want to impugn blame on people who have used more PPE than the guidelines suggest because I understand the difficulties in the circumstances," he said."What I would say it is very important to use the right PPE and not overuse it."
The health secretary confirmed that 19 NHS workers had died since the start of the outbreak.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: "It is quite frankly insulting to imply front line staff are wasting PPE."
Dame Donna Kinnair, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, told Today that no piece of PPE could ever be "more precious a resource than a healthcare worker's life, a nurse's life, a doctor's life".https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-52252981
Seems fair comment to me.
This is the sort of thing I was talking about in respect of point scoring at this time.
Hancock DIDN'T imply front line staff were deliberately wasting PPE and we all know, Hancock too, that no PPE is more precious than a healthcare workers life.
In fact even her quote must have been taken out of context somewhat because it's meaningless just taken as it is. I didn't hear the discussion but what it seems to me is that Hancock was saying some frontline staff may have at times gone beyond what the (presumably?) NHS guidelines suggest, and thus consequently leaving them that much shorter until the next scheduled delivery.
No-one can blame anyone for wanting to over protect themselves but at the same time the consequences may well be they leave others short later on.
As there are only finite PPE at anyone time it is obviously extremely difficult to strike the right balance.
Just seems to me that some just want to bash the government no matter what - presumably because once we get over this the country will be against them and vote them out ASAP.
Seems to be the same Labour Party thinking under Corbyn about letting the country fall into Brexit under the Conservatives, for it to become a disaster and everybody vote Labour back into power ASAP thereafter.
Too much game playing for me.
Let's stick together, get things sorted, and play the silly point scoring games afterwards.
As for Jenrick it seems on the face of it that he did break his own rules he was giving to us and should suffer the consequences.
I don't doubt all of us would want (and I'm sure some/many do) to go and see our love ones at this time even if it means bending the rules somewhat but in his case (and Calderwood's) the Creaser's wife analogy holds true (that's of course if we discount Messalina).