Matt Hancock has been accused of breaking his own Government’s coronavirus rules again after going maskless in a hospital.

The health secretary appeared without a face covering in footage filmed during a trip to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on Monday.

The 71-second clip, posted on Twitter by the politician, saw him launch a review into hospital meals.

Government guidance states face coverings ‘are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries’. 

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A Labour spokesman has blasted Mr Hancock for focusing his attention ‘on a PR stunt’ amid the coronavirus crisis.



He said: ‘Matt Hancock should be setting an example by wearing face coverings in the NHS. This is a pandemic, not a PR stunt.’

A Department of Health and Social Care source told The Mirror the minister was ‘filmed in a socially distanced way’, adding that he ‘wore a mask for the rest of the visit’.

It’s not the first time the minister has come under fire for going against his Government’s health advice.

Just a week ago he was pictured maskless in the backseat of his ministerial car after Downing Street ordered ministers to use face coverings in Government vehicles.

The Tory soon changed his behaviour and was photographed wearing a blue face covering the next day.

Boris Johnson and Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith joined Mr Hancock at the Royal Berkshire Hospital yesterday to launch an independent review into the meals provided to patients.

In his Twitter video, he said:  ‘I have come to the Royal Berkshire Hospital here in Reading to launch the review into hospital food that has been headed up by Prue Leith along with a brilliant professional team.

‘There are some hospitals like this one where the food is nutritious and is really tasty. 

‘And we want that to be the norm right across the country. So the recommendations of the review we are accepting and we’re going to take forward to make sure that food is part of your recovery when you’re in hospital and is something that you can really look forward to.’

He added: ‘We’re building 40 new hospitals and those new hospitals will have first-class catering built into them. And one of them is of course this hospital, The Royal Berkshire here in Reading.

‘So we’re going to make sure that hospital food is part of people’s recovery and I am incredibly grateful to Prue Leith and her whole team for helping to get us this far.’ has contacted the Department of Health and Social Care for further comment.

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