Paton, C (2020) Insouciance and inexperience: A deadly combination when dealing with COVID-19. International Journal of Health Planning and Management. ISSN 1099-1751

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This article gives key reasons for the UK's tardy and confused attempts to react to the COVID-19 pandemic. It explains very poor outcomes in the UK (in terms of the spread of the virus and high mortality, already striking at the time of writing), in terms of an initial lack of political will to prioritise public health, itself a product of a strong Prime Minister who made the "wrong call". It also highlights a failure to "follow the science", except in so far as the "science" had already accepted some dubious political judgements and the lack of capacity to test as the starting-point.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors. International Journal of Health Planning and Management published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID‐19, politics, science, UK
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 14:35
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 14:35

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