Layla Moran

UK Stats Chief's letter says "Govt are wilfully misleading the public"


Govt are wilfully misleading the publicLayla Moran MP has reacted to the letter sent to Matt Hancock MP, regarding the Government’s COVID-19 testing data, which states: “…the testing statistics still fall well short of its expectations. It is not surprising that given their inadequacy data on testing are so widely criticised and often mistrusted.”

UK Statistics Chief Sir David Norgrove has written to Matt Hancock regarding the Government’s COVID-19 testing data, stating: “…the testing statistics still fall well short of its expectations. It is not surprising that given their inadequacy data on testing are so widely criticised and often mistrusted.”

He also says: "The aim seems to be to show the largest possible number of tests, even at the expense of understanding," and that “the figures are still far from complete and comprehensible.”

Data is still unavailable on the actual number of people actually being tested. The headline figure of 'number of tests' (128,437 yesterday) includes those posted as well as carried out.

Sir David Northgrove further writes: "the headline total of tests adds together tests carried out with tests posted out. This distinction is too often elided during the presentation at the daily press conference, where the relevant figure may misleadingly be described simply as the number of tests carried out. There are no data on how many of the tests posted out are in fact then successfully completed." 

Layla Moran MP for Oxford West & Abingdon said: “The UK Statistics chief has rightly criticised the Government for their shocking misuse and spinning of statistics. The number of tests posted out is not the same as the number of people actually tested. Everyone sees through this and all it does, in the end, is erode trust in politics and politicians. 

“At a time like this, the Government should be having honest, grown-up conversations with people based on clear reporting and facts. They should be making decisions based on actual numbers of people tested, rather than stats that are spun to fit a political agenda. 

“By continuing to withhold figures on the actual numbers of people being tested, and providing inadequate and confusing data, Government Ministers are standing up in Downing Street and wilfully misleading the public.” 


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