Boris Johnson was heckled during a hospital visit in London on Wednesday, in another awkward public outing for the prime minister.
Omar Salem, a Labour activist, stopped Johnson as he walked down the hospital’s corridor, telling him the National Health Service has been “destroyed” by cuts in funding and mismanagement.
“It’s been destroyed, and now you’ve come here for a press opportunity,” the man says.
Remarkably, Johnson replied: “Well actually, there is no press here,” despite a press pack standing feet away and the encounter being filmed by a Reuters camera reporter.
“What do you mean there’s no press here, who are these people?” Salem responded, gesturing to the press.
Salem said on Twitter that he was at the hospital with his ill seven-year-old daughter.
Responding to Salem’s comment that there were not enough doctors and nurses on his ward, Alan Gurney, chief executive of Whipps Cross hospital, told the PA news agency: “We are constantly reviewing staffing levels on our wards to ensure our patients are safe at all times, but occasionally – as in fact happened on this ward last night — an unexpected emergency in one part of the hospital can cause a temporary pressure elsewhere.”
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