Dominic Cummings’ appearance at the UK COVID-19 inquiry, with expletive-laden evidence amounting to a reputational carpet-bombing of Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, has dominated the news agenda.
The eagerly anticipated appearance of Lee Cain, ex-Downing Street director of communications, at the UK COVID-19 inquiry more than lived up to the hype, with a series of explosive revelations.
Simon Baugh, chief executive of the Government Communication Service, has announced that government comms professionals will be trained in propriety and ethics over the coming months.
A senior member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the COVID-19 pandemic has criticised the comms approach that was taken to reach ethnic minorities.
Speaking at the COVID-19 inquiry, Lord Gus O’Donnell, who was John Major’s press secretary and went on to serve as cabinet secretary under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, has hit out at “disastrous” comms special advisers.
The government failed to ‘provide clear, consistent and visible public health messaging’ throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the British Medical Association.
AI models developed by the Government Communication Service will replace the media grid used for decades and remove the need for comms teams to come up with plans themselves, it has emerged.
The Department of Health and Social Care has brought in a replacement to cover for Rachel Carr, director of communications, who recently went on maternity leave.
The UK COVID-19 inquiry’s decision to hand a three-year contract worth £1.6m to M&C Saatchi is ‘an absolute disgrace’ and ‘deeply deceitful’, according to families of people who died during the pandemic.
British intelligence has been involved in the work of the Government’s controversial Counter Disinformation Unit since its inception, according to newly released documents from the independent public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Far from being a drain on resources, as the likes of the TaxPayers’ Alliance claim, comms plays a vitally important role in many areas of the NHS.
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