Chief nurse confirms she was dropped from Downing Street briefings

Ms. May refused to condone the action of a senior Government advisor. 

James McKay
20 July 2020
Ruth May

England’s Chief Nurse was inexplicably told she was no longer required.

Ruth May, England’s Chief Nursing Officer has confirmed reported she was inexplicably dropped from the Downing Street daily COVID-19 briefing after refusing to condone the action of a senior advisor.


Dominic Cummings, a senior Government advisor and former head of the Brexit campaign, caused controversy after making a 260-mile round trip to Durham from London during the lockdown despite experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

NHS guidelines at the time stated; “To protect others, you must stay at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).” Emphasising; “do not leave your home for any reason”.

Appearing before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee earlier today, Ms. May said she attended preparations for the briefing but was inexplicably told she was no longer.

“It is indeed true I was dropped from the briefing but that happened to many of my colleagues as well,” she said.


Ms. May explained that during a trial run of the briefing she was asked about lockdown rules.

She said; “We talk about lots of these preparations questions and of course I was asked about lockdown and rules to lockdown.“

The rules were clear.

When asked by Meg Hillier MP, chair of the committee, for her views on Mr. Cummings’ actions, May said: “In my opinion the rules were clear. They were there for everyone’s safety and they applied to us all.”

“I don’t know why I was dropped from the briefing, you would have to ask other people,” she added.


NursingNotes poll reveals that 96% of healthcare professionals believe Mr. Cummings broke the lockdown rules, with a massive 98% saying they followed the rules despite finding themselves in a similar situation.

The same committee caused upset within he cabinet earlier this month when it concluded that the Government failed to tackle the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff with “sufficient urgency”.

A spokesperson for Nurses United UK commented; “Across the country, we’ve seen how much we value and care for our nurses. When they don’t say what this Government wants them to say it’s clear to see how we’ll be treated.

“That’s why we need to get organised and work together as that is the only way we’ve ever been powerful enough to stand up for our rights as Nurses. Well done Ruth.”

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