‘There are NOT enough doctors or nurses’: Furious father of sick boy confronts Boris Johnson and accuses him of ‘destroying’ the NHS on hospital visit
- Boris Johnson was visiting Whipps Cross University Hospital in London today
- PM was confronted by parent of sick boy who complained of NHS ‘destruction’
- He said there were not enough doctors or nurses and situation ‘not acceptable’
- Mr Johnson tried to calm the encounter and argued more funding is coming
Boris Johnson was confronted by an angry parent accusing him of ‘destroying’ the NHS as he visited a hospital today.
The man, whose child was being treated at Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London, accosted the PM to complain there were not enough doctors and nurses.
The parent said the situation was ‘not acceptable’ and told the Prime Minister: ‘There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there’s not enough nurses, it’s not well organised enough.
‘The NHS has been destroyed … and now you come here for a press opportunity.’
The man, whose child was being treated at Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London , accosted the PM to complain there were not enough doctors and nurses
Mr Johnson said ‘there’s no press here’ but the parent gestured to cameras filming the confrontation and said: ‘What do you mean there’s no press here, who are these people?’
He said there had been ‘years and years and years of the NHS being destroyed’.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Johnson was visiting public services to see for himself the reality of the situation.
The spokesman said the man was understandably ‘very distressed’, and Mr Johnson was ‘not going to hide away from those circumstances when he goes on these visits’.
‘Obviously he is keen to talk to people and empathise and see what he can do to help,’ the spokesman added.
‘It’s also a reminder of why exactly he is so keen to make the NHS a priority and make sure it’s getting the funding that it requires.’
Mr Johnson pressed on with the visit (pictured) despite the tense encounter with the frustrated parent today