Channel 4 Dispatches

Channel 4 Dispatches


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We’ve learned that on the 13th of March Boris Johnson called the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte recounted the call to one of his health ministers, Pierpaolo Sileri. He told us: 2/

WATCH: Britain’s Coronavirus Catastrophe: Did the Government Get It Wrong? Tonight at 9pm on @Channel4 

No one from the government agreed to be interviewed but they told us: 5/

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Delays at the heart of government may have risked thousands of lives, #Dispatches  can reveal. Scientists advising the government warned nearly a month before lockdown that as many as 500,000 people may lose their lives if the virus spread unchecked across the country.

The government has denied herd immunity was ever a strategy. No one from the government agreed to be interviewed but they told us: 3/

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“If you are irresponsible enough to think that you don’t mind if you get the flu, remember it’s not about you - it’s about everybody else.” Intensive care specialist Professor Hugh Montgomery explains why this coronavirus is different from the ordinary flu.

THREAD: 1/10 Dispatches has found that secret meetings have taken place between senior civil servants and representatives of US pharmaceutical firms where the price the NHS pays for its drugs has been discussed.

8 year old Courtney and her family live off £5 a day - they rely on a food bank to eat and wear coats to bed when there's no money for heating. This is Britain today, where more than 4 million children are growing up in poverty.

"We try not to eat a lot in one day, even though most of us are really hungry." Almost 1 in 3 children in the UK are now growing up poor, like Cameron and his two sisters whose family rely on a food bank to help fill the fridge.

If Britain had locked down a week earlier, around 8,000 hospital deaths up to the end of April could have been avoided, #Dispatches  has found. THREAD 1/

Dispatches discovers how Donald Trump’s allies and US drug giants want to force the NHS to pay more for US medicines. Tahir Amin is a British lawyer based in America who is an expert on drug pricing and on previous trade negotiations.

THREAD: The next UK Prime Minister will soon be chosen by around 160,000 members of the Conservative Party – that's 0.2% of the population. Almost half of the members are now over 65, 71% are male and 97% are white. [1/8] #Dispatches 

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