A politician is calling for the government to share the minutes of its scientific advisers' meetings and to start holding regular press conferences again in a bid to combat rumour and miscommunication in relation to covid-19.
Entitled 'Enhanced Covid-19 Exit Strategy Communication', the proposals from Deputy Kevin Pamplin will be debated next week.
In a report accompanying the plans, Deputy Pamplin explains that they aim to achieve greater transparency from government, noting how “rumours and leaks passed to Islanders and the media have caused distrust and anxiety at a time when we desperately need confidence and reassurance.”
NEWS: Soon as we finished the safer travel debate last Wed evening, I started work on this. It was with the Greffe team on Friday & with their amazing support today I have officially lodged my enhanced COVID19 communication strategy. You can read it here: https://t.co/1cQ8M6Lu9B pic.twitter.com/NiOPH4Ur2j— Deputy Kevin Pamplin (@KevinPamplin) July 7, 2020
Specifically, the St. Saviour representative is asking for:
The proposal suggests that the press conferences "could also cover covid-19 hospital data, support for school children in the summer months, and regular updates about the continuation of the Exit Strategy."
Citing how the government “cannot delay when so much is on the line in terms of the mental and physical health of Islanders… who all need reassurance and up-front transparency for the challenging months ahead”, Deputy Pamplin added that “we cannot afford a summer of inaction".
It comes after a number of backbenchers blasted the government over its communications strategy throughout lockdown, including the Scrutiny Liaison Committee, which wrote to the Chief Minister on the matter.
Responding to Deputy Pamplin's plans on Twitter, Deputy Kirsten Morel, who has himself been critical of the government's communications, joked: "Sharing information? Transparency? Regular reporting? What kind of world do you think we live in Kev?!!!"
Sharing information? Transparency? Regular reporting? What kind of world do you think we live in Kev?!!!— Kirsten Morel (@KirstenJersey) July 7, 2020
Deputy Pamplin's plans are scheduled for debate on 14 July.
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