Red-faced Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf reacts with fury after BBC journalist posts video of moment he tumbled off knee scooter he was using while recovering from ruptured achilles tendon
- Mr Yousaf is seen travelling at speed on knee scooter before falling flat on face
- Nine-second clip has received thousands of ‘likes’ on Twitter since being shared
- Mr Yousaf ruptured his achilles while playing Badminton at start of September
The Scottish Health Secretary has been left unimpressed after a BBC journalist tweeted a video of him falling off a knee scooter while racing down a corridor at Holyrood Parliament.
Humza Yousaf said he wasn’t sure there was a ‘need or purpose’ for the short clip to be shared by Glenn Campbell after it began receiving thousands of ‘likes’ on Twitter.
The nine-second video shows Mr Yousaf – who is recovering from a ruptured achilles – travelling at quite some speed with his right knee being held up by the specialist device.
He can be seen repeatedly pushing his left leg off the floor, picking up speed before he suddenly slips, causing the vehicle to swerve out of control.
Moment Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf loses control of his knee scooter as his aide walks behind him with his crutches
Mr Yousaf is sent hurtling face-first to the ground after travelling at speed on the scooter
Mr Yousaf is thrown face first to the ground as an assistant carrying his crutches rushes to his aid.
The Health Secretary tweeted: ‘All for media scrutiny and never shy away from it.
‘Just not sure there is need or purpose to tweet out a video of me falling over while injured.
‘If anyone else had fallen over while on crutches, a knee scooter, or in a wheelchair would your first instinct be to film it & tweet out?’
The video, shared by Mr Campbell, has received more than 6,000 likes and counting, with many branding it ‘hilarious’.
‘The health secretary @HumzaYousaf does not appear to be having a good day at work,’ Mr Campbell wrote.
Mr Yousaf has been using crutches and the knee scooter device since rupturing his achilles playing badminton at the start of this month.
Some social media users branded the moment ‘hilarious’ but Mr Yousaf did not see the funny side
The clip has received more than 6,000 likes since being uploaded to Twitter by BBC journalist Glenn Campbell
Mr Yousaf said: ‘If anyone else had fallen over while on crutches, a knee scooter, or in a wheelchair would your first instinct be to film it & tweet out?’
The nine-second clip shows Mr Yousaf picking up speed on the scooter before suddenly slipping
Social media users pointed out that instruction manuals for the device available online repeatedly advise users to not travel at speed.
‘We have a person in charge of a £15bn portfolio who hasn’t read the instructions,’ wrote one alongside a screenshot of the manual which reads: ‘Do not scoot at high speeds.’
Some social media users accused Mr Yousaf of hypocrisy after he previously said he ‘couldn’t wait to see the meme’ after MP Douglas Ross fell over while acting as assistant referee during the Scottish Cup Final in 2018
He tweeted following the incident: ‘Best moment of the 2nd half – Douglas Ross MP decks it a belter! Can’t wait to see the meme…’
Mr Yousaf (pictured following injury) wrote on Twitter on September 1: ‘Frustrated not to be in Parliament today but on Monday while playing badminton felt pressure on my ankle, followed by a pop & then collapsed!’
Others agreed with Mr Yousaf that the video was in bad taste, branding the BBC as ‘shameful’.
One said: ‘Shows the depths to which the BBC go to. Showing an injured man falling and seeing that as something funny shames you.’
Another said: ‘That’s a very inappropriate clip to publish. I expect better of the BBC.’
Mr Yousaf was forced to miss First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid update in the Scottish Parliament after suffering the nasty injury at the beginning of this month.
He wrote on Twitter on September 1: ‘Frustrated not to be in Parliament today but on Monday while playing badminton felt pressure on my ankle, followed by a pop & then collapsed!
‘Went to Fracture Clinic today, they confirmed I have ruptured my achilles.
‘Thanks to our brilliant NHS staff who took good care of me.’