‘That was a rather dull response!’ Eustice stumbles after a crucial worker’s self-isolation hole is discovered.
AS BBC Breakfast host Charlie Stayt brought out a major practical issue with permitting select important personnel to be excluded from self-isolation, Environment Secretary George Eustice stumbled.
Environment Secretary George Eustice was challenged by BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt over the Government’s proposals to exempt vital workers from self-isolation if they are notified via the NHS Test and Trace app. During the interview, however, Mr Stayt slammed Mr Eusitce for a glaring practical flaw in the new system: workplaces, like shops, would be required to send documents or notices to the government in order to approve self-isolation exemptions, which the BBC presenter claims would take a long time to complete. Mr Eustice attempted to answer the question before Mr Stayt ripped into him for his “bland answer.”
In order to address the vacancies in important industries, the government announced exemptions for key personnel who are obliged to self-isolate using the Test and Trace app.
Some retail businesses were struggling to maintain shelves packed this week, according to reports, as a combination of HGV driver shortages and self-isolating personnel meant goods were not being placed out.
Over fears of disruption, the government announced that vital industries such as energy, transportation, and food processing would be covered by the temporary program.
Mr Eustice outlined the new initiative on BBC Breakfast, explaining that the government has a “strong connection” with important industries that would enable them carry out the objectives.
Mr Stayt, on the other hand, pointed out that the plan needs employees to be individually named and identified, which will then be cross-checked against government files before an exemption can be granted.
“When you say named individuals, that literally means the name of the person you’ll send through,” he explained.
“And someone in a government department will look up the person’s identity, check their credentials, and go through the system.
“And we know it’s August, and the system as a whole is coming to an end.”
“How long do you think it will take if I write a letter today with the name of my employer, who I believe should be included in this scheme?”
“So I’m writing the letter today, Friday, and it’ll probably go to one of your departments on Monday.
“How quickly will that be turned over, and they will check the individual’s name against firm data, against the.”Brinkwire Summary News”.