Johnson ‘glad’ angry patient confronted him during hospital visit


Boris Johnson has mentioned he is “glad” the daddy of a sick little one confronted him during a hospital visit, declaring: “This isn’t an embarrassment, this is part of my job.”

Omar Salem, a Labour activist, remonstrated with the prime minister during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in northeast London.

In a dialog lasting round two minutes, Mr Salem claimed there weren’t sufficient docs or nurses,criticised the state of the NHS as “not acceptable” and accused the PM of visiting the hospital for a “press opportunity”.

The prime minister's visit to a hospital was interrupted by a man angry over "years and years and years of the NHS being destroyed"
Image: Mr Johnson’s visit to the hospital was interrupted by father or mother Omar Salem

He instructed Mr Johnson: “There should not sufficient individuals on this ward, there should not sufficient docs, there’s not sufficient nurses, it is not effectively organised sufficient.

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

In response, the prime minister mentioned: “There’s no press here.”

However, Mr Salem was fast to level to cameras filming the altercation, saying: “What do you mean there’s no press here, who are these people?”

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Mr Johnson defined he was “here to find out” concerning the scenario with the NHS, however Mr Salem mentioned: “It’s a bit late isn’t it? Years and years and years of the NHS being destroyed.”

Following the confrontation, Mr Salem wrote on Twitter that he gave the prime minister “a piece of my mind about how he is running the NHS”.

He mentioned that his daughter, who’s seven days previous, was “neglected for hours” within the youngsters’s ward on Tuesday evening.

Addressing the incident on his personal Twitter web page later, Mr Johnson mentioned: “I’ve been PM for 57 days, a part of my job is to speak to individuals on the bottom and take heed to what they inform me concerning the massive issues. It does not matter in the event that they agree with me.

“I’m glad this gentleman instructed me his issues. This is not a humiliation that is a part of my job.”

Boris Johnson meets members of staff during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London
Image: Mr Johnson mentioned he was visiting the hospital to ‘discover out’ the scenario concerning the NHS

The PM’s spokesman mentioned Mr Johnson was visiting the hospital to see for himself the truth of challenges that face the NHS.

The spokesman mentioned Mr Salem was understandably “very distressed” and that Mr Johnson 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 spokesman added.

 The prime minister's visit to a hospital was interrupted by a parent angry over "years and years and years of the NHS being destroyed"
Image: Mr Salem instructed the PM that the NHS had been ‘destroyed’

Mr Johnson has spent the previous six weeks visiting hospitals in makes an attempt to “hear directly from NHS staff and patients”, in keeping with his spokesman.

“This is exactly why he is so committed to making sure investment reaches frontline services, so that doctors and nurses have the resources they need and patients receive consistently world-leading care,” he mentioned.

The authorities has “invested an additional £1.8m into frontline services and are upgrading 20 hospitals across the country”, the spokesman added.

Mr Johnson introduced that £850m of the one-off fee would go to repairing 20 hospitals in August. His pledge is about so as to add to Theresa May’s £33.9bn annual enhance for the well being service by 2023/24.

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But specialists mentioned the sum is only a fraction of what’s required to repair ailing NHS buildings throughout the UK and have questioned how “new” the cash is.

The prime minister has acquired continued criticism for his declare that leaving the EU would enable the UK to take again management of £350m every week, with some boosting the NHS.

The declare, made during the EU referendum marketing campaign, was written on the facet of a bus.