Johnson criticised for response to photo of sick child

Elias Hubbard
December 10, 2019

He then added: "It's a awful, bad photo, and I apologise, obviously, to the family, and all those who have awful experiences in the NHS".

He replied: "I'm very proud of what we're doing to rebuild Leeds General Infirmary and it's one of the hospitals we will rebuild from the beginning, it'll be a fantastic project".

After Mr Pike asked why he had done so, the PM returned the device and looked at the picture.

But a Tory source insisted Mr Johnson did not "grab" the phone, and that he took it from the journalist when it was offered to him. "On the whole, I think the NHS do a wonderful, wonderful job - I support them massively, but we need to be putting money in".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, toured southwest and central England, where his left-of-center party is trying to cling on to key constituencies.

Jack Williment-Barr was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance last week only to be left in a clinical treatment room as there were no beds.

But the reporter said: "You refuse to look at the photo, you've taken my phone and put it in your pocket, prime minister".

"I'm asking you about this boy, prime minister", said Pike.

The figures were absent from the online version of Ms Patel's article when Yahoo News accessed it this morning, and a reference to a "violent crime wave" under Labour also seems to have been taken out. Mr Brand said one of Mr Johnson's "biggest challenges in this election is to persuade people [he] really [does] care". "Sick toddlers like Jack deserve so much better".

"Despite all his promises, it is clear to all now that far from getting Brexit done, under Johnson, Brexit won't be done for years or we risk a catastrophic no deal", McDonnell said.

Earlier, Mr Johnson apologised to "everybody who has a bad experience" in the NHS after the story of four-year-old Jack emerged.

His concerned mum Sarah Williment, 34, could only try and keep Jack warm with coats until he was eventually found a bed at 3am - 13 hours after he was brought in.

Jack was eventually diagnosed with flu and tonsillitis and discharged at midday the following day.

"I am frustrated about the system and the lack of beds, which I am presuming is due to a lack of funding to the NHS to deliver the services that are required", she said.

Johnson initially avoided looking at the phone and instead began describing his investment plans for the National Health Service (NHS) while saying he had not had a chance to see the photo.

Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are extremely sorry that there were only chairs available in the treatment room, and no bed".

According to the Telegraph, Home Secretary Priti Patel warned in an article for the newspaper that a Labour government could see 52 more murders, 150 more sexual assaults and up to 4,000 more violent assaults a year.

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