The heated NHS row between Jeremy Hunt and Ralf Little could be about to get real [TWEETS]

JEREMY HUNT Conservative Ralf Little
John Shafthauer

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised for making false claims in the past. Recently, Ralf Little of TV’s The Royle Family took odds with a claim that Hunt made. Little provided a robust response that he backed up with links to relevent reporting. Hunt responded by saying that Little’s post lacked evidence. But Little isn’t letting it go.

Mental health

The dispute began when Little criticised Hunt’s appearance on BBC‘s The Andrew Marr Show:

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Clearly Hunt was in a playful mood – despite the fact that the NHS is yet again facing a tough winter, and we’re losing more nurses than we’re gaining. Even Hunt himself has said that the level of care being provided is in some cases “completely unacceptable”. But Hunt has been the Health Secretary since 2012, so he quite literally has no one to blame but himself.

Little accepted Hunt’s challenge and provided a rigorous 42-tweet reponse:

https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/930135387804241925?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thepoke.co.uk%2F2017%2F11%2F15%2Fjeremy-hunt-is-owned-by-ralf-little-over-mental-health-joy-from-start-finish-updated%2F

https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/930140405043269633?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thepoke.co.uk%2F2017%2F11%2F15%2Fjeremy-hunt-is-owned-by-ralf-little-over-mental-health-joy-from-start-finish-updated%2F2%2F

The response Hunt provided seemed at odds with what Little had actually said:

Response

Little has now replied to Hunt’s lacklustre defence:

https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/932298031340376066

https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/932317547462000647

https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/932319411498881025

Patients

It’s important to note that actual users of mental health services have had something to say. One such person said to Little:

Hunt’s post, meanwhile, attracted responses like this:

Hunt

People have caught Hunt offering misleading statistics on several occasions. The fact that these statistics are being shot down isn’t the worst part, though. The worst part is that Hunt is telling the people who actually have to deal with mental health services that everything is fine.

If Hunt is seriously thinking about meeting with Little and health care professionals, it’s hard to see it going well for him. And if he thinks otherwise, it suggests he may be the one person left who believes anything he says.

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