Kate Garraway has said ‘hindsight is a wonderful thing’ as she reacts to Dominic Cummings’ explosive testimony.
Boris Johnson’s former former top aide launched an attack on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, apologising to MPs and people who have lost loved ones.
Responding to the damning allegations, Kate, whose husband Derek Draper battled Covid-19 in intensive care for a year, said she’s been ‘quite generous’ to the government.
‘I spent a lot of time reflecting on how things might have been different in lots of ways, both in the government’s handling it, in the scientific advice, in the doctors advice specifically to Derek,’ she explained. ‘It was definitely confused, wasn’t it?
‘I think hindsight’s a wonderful thing but it doesn’t mean to say we shouldn’t address what went wrong.
‘So obviously there were things that could have helped, we now know but just as the doctors say, if we’d given Derek this particular medication at this point, we now know that would have definitely helped, but at the time, what we feared is it might have killed him.’
Kate, 54, added on Good Morning Britain: ‘I’m quite generous to the government generally about the fact that they were looking at the situation and thinking, what is going to be the most harmful?
‘If as he said, Boris Johnson was more obsessed with the economy, maybe he genuinely believed that was the biggest risk but it doesn’t mean to say that things like planning for the pandemic, planning for the lockdown, that should have been something that was in place, not just from Boris Johnson’s perspective or Matt Hancock’s perspective, but as a society, that we haven’t got those things in place.’
Derek, 53, was hospitalised last March and was able to return home this year.
Explaining how he’s doing now, Kate told Andrew Marr: ‘Look, he’s devastated by Covid.
‘He can’t really move, his communication is very minimal. There are moments when there’s up, in those moments you feel you know he’s in there. He has a lot of memory.
‘But the accessing of it is very limited. So how is he? He’s a long way from the Derek Draper that you know Andrew, but he’s home and he’s alive and he’s asleep now.’
However, she has recalled the positive moments, including when Derek recently wished her a happy birthday.
‘He’s home, we can hug him. That’s a miracle in itself,’ Kate said on Lorraine.
She added: ‘Last night when I was tucking him in, I said: “It’s my birthday tomorrow.” He looked a bit worried and I said: “Oh don’t worry, I’m not expecting anything. My birthday gift is you being home.”’
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