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Government showed 'lack of competence' over Steam Packet jabs, says MHK

'Politicians hid behind officers, and officers hid behind UK rules'

A Douglas East MHK has questioned the competence of government after it chose not to vaccinate Steam Packet crew earlier in the pandemic.

This week the Public Accounts Committee heard the ferry company made a request in December for jabs, but it got 'lost in the system'.

A u-turn in policy in February saw Steam Packet staff moved up the priority list.

Chris Robertshaw believes this was a systemic failure which had serious consequences.

 

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