Angry parent tells Johnson the NHS is being ‘destroyed’ during hospital visit

The parent of a sick child claimed the NHS was being destroyed as he challenged Boris Johnson during a hospital visit.

The prime minister was confronted by the angry parent, who claimed there were not enough doctors and nurses.

In a conversation lasting around two minutes, the man said the situation was “not acceptable”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Whipps Cross
The parent expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Boris Johnson and Alan Gurney, chief executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Johnson was visiting Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London when he was challenged by the parent on a children’s ward.

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.

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“The NHS has been destroyed … and now you come here for a press opportunity.”

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?”

The PM explained he was “here to find out” about the situation but the man said: “It’s a bit late isn’t it? Years and years and years of the NHS being destroyed.”

A spokesperson said Johnson was visiting public services to see for himself the reality of the situation.

The spokesperson said the man was understandably “very distressed” and the prime minister was “not going to hide away from those circumstances when he goes on these visits, and so obviously is keen to talk to people and empathise and see what he can do to help”.

“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,” the spokesperson added.

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    1. Angry parent tells Johnson the NHS is being ‘destroyed’ during hospital visit.
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      Hi followers
      I see overweight Boris getting a good tell off for selling our N.H.S. to privet sector firm in U.S.A + Chine + India + Russia I must say to the Distressed man in article Boris will just back to No10 and do nothing about your requests on N.H.S. mess his party is making of it.
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      Boris I must say now as a free voter at G.E. time possibly in 2019 time frame the following problem in our country Now
      Will cost Tory party their seats at local area level? SIR
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      Problem
      1- U-Credit Tory scam benefit payments killing people off.
      Plus proven to link with poverty within low paid working families you Boris voted for in first place.
      2- Tory Govt trashing our N.H.S. for cash only. Not to make it better and free to use like it was come time we will only be seen in N.H.S. Hospital when we have insurance cover to pay for any treatment at any N.H.S. Hospital this is what you voted for Boris.
      3- The trashing of our transport infrastructure by letting Tory M.P Grayling make bad deal that us taxpayer are paying for now to clean up NOT him or Tory Minister,
      We taxpayer are paying for his doggy deals done.
      Boris you also voted him to this post as T. Minister why?
      4- Now the big problem Boris Brexit you also voted for and rest of Tory Govt members, but we are still in WHY?
      You and your party have failed to deliver for us leave voters now you are seeking a quick fix to the Tory Govt mess
      I ask what price it will cost? us voter plus the U.k. if the shit hit the fan Boris when you try to get Ms May C**p W/Bill vote passed in parliament again with back stop still in it?
      5- Boris when are you going to get shut of D.U.P. party and make them start up their Govt in N/Ireland then the back stop could be sorted out by them in their own Govt place.
      FINALLY!
      Boris this is just 5 points I as a free voter think you + Tory Govt will loss voters on, At G.E. time they are more unjust Tory policy that I can name but the post then would be 100 pages longer a true, fact Boris from a voter + resident U.K.

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