Shameless Matt Hancock blamed the British public for his government's coronavirus testing fiasco, saying too many people took 'inappropriate' tests.
The Health Secretary was accused of sending mixed messages as just last month he said: “If in doubt… get a test.”
His brazen attempt to shift the blame came in response to blunders that saw people with coughs and fevers being told to travel more than 300 miles to get a test.
And many who tried yesterday were told the service was too busy.
But Mr Hancock said: “We have seen an increase in demand, including people who are not eligible for tests, and people who don’t have symptoms.”
Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth blasted: “It beggars belief that ministers are seeking to blame people for simply doing what they were advised.”
The news comes on the same day Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the UK "we must act" as he unveiled the country's new "rule of six" to combat a second wave.
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The PM said: "I know that over time the rules have become quite complicated and confusing. We have spoken to police officers about what they need and we have listened to the feedback."
That means that, indoors or outdoors, it will be illegal to gather in groups of more than six from Monday in England.
But larger gatherings will be allowed where the household or support bubble is larger than six, or where the gathering is for work or education purposes.
Exemptions will also apply for weddings, funerals and organised team sports in a Covid-secure way.
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