In a stunning admission last night, Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister had been moved into intensive care to treat his coronavirus infection. However, there is now a “real danger” that concern over Boris Johnson’s health could affect the progress of officials at Number 10, according to Alastair Campbell. The former Downing Street Communications Director for Tony Blair warned Sky News that Government staff had to “get on with” the addressing the pandemic.
Mr Campbell said: “Even though, in a sense, Government institution has been hollowed out a fair bit, there’s still a lot there and there’s still a lot that can be done, and must be done.
“I do have a worry, and this can sound harsh, but it’s genuinely not meant to be. It’s meant to be helpful and well-intentioned.
“I think there’s a real danger that people in Government are so focused on the fact that the Prime Minister’s ill that actually they get too wrapped up in that.
“There’s nothing they can do about that at the moment.”
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He continued: “He’s in hospital, you’ve got to leave that to the doctors and nurses.
“If they all sit around, talking about how he is and when he’s back and whether there are any health updates, they won’t be able to focus on the things they need to do.
“Yes, it’s better if you have a full range of all the ministers and all the advisers.
“But when you don’t, you have to get on with it.”
The former Labour Government official added: “Yes, this is a huge crisis affecting every single person in the country and is an enormous responsibility on those who are dealing with it.
“But don’t forget that these are people who are making clear, consistent decisions the whole time.
“So yes I accept that it’s changed, but I really don’t think everybody should be running around, panicking about this.”
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Mr Johnson’s spokesman has said that the Prime Minister is stable and in good spirits after a night in intensive care.
The spokesman also said that Mr Johnson is receiving standard oxygen treatment and is breathing without other assistance.
Reportedly the PM began to experience trouble breathing and was taken to hospital around 7pm last night.
The Tory leader has been self-isolating in Number 10 after testing positive for coronavirus.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is now deputising in his place.
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