Boris Johnson joins doctors on the night shift at Kettering hospital


Boris Johnson is berated by patients over NHS delays on surprise visit to Kettering hospital to join staff on the night shift – but STILL hasn’t been to see flood victims despite being just an hour’s drive from crisis-hit areas

  • Boris Johnson has joined doctors on the night shift at Kettering General Hospital 
  • The PM visited without any media saying he wanted to see challenges first-hand
  • He has been criticised for refusing to vist flooding sites for the past 13 days 

Boris Johnson faced complaints from patients about NHS delays as he made a surprise hospital visit last night – but did not go to nearby flooding sites.

It is understood Mr Johnson headed for Kettering General Hospital after working at Downing Street during the day – viewing Coronavirus preparations and shadowing staff. 

No10 sources said the premier had wanted to carry out such a visit for some time, to see for himself the challenges for health workers.

However, Mr Johnson was accosted by people enduring long waits for treatment at the hospital. 

And he did not opt to go to flood-hit areas, despite being just a short drive away from some of those worst affected. 

The PM has been heavily criticised for failing to visit victims across the country over the past 13 days since extreme weather hit.

Allies have insisted that his presence would have been a distraction from efforts by emergency workers to help those affected.

Mr Johnson has also defended his decision to leave Environment Secretary George Eustice to head the response, saying there has been a ‘constant stream’ of activity coming from ministers. 

Boris Johnson posed for pictures with doctors on his surprise visit to Kettering General Hospital last night 

Flooding at the Boat Inn in Ashleworth, Gloucs, where the River Severn has breached defences

Flooding at the Boat Inn in Ashleworth, Gloucs, where the River Severn has breached defences

Mr Johnson was not accompanied by any media last night, but chatted to a number of patients in A&E who recognised him with his security detail.  

One 27-year-old scaffolder, who did not wish to be named, told the Mirror he had spoken to the PM, and was ‘brutally honest’ about the problems,

The man had apparently been waiting for treatment since 4.30pm in the afternoon. 

“He stopped and spoke to me and asked how I was doing and what my thoughts were towards the hospitals waiting times,” the patient said.

“I won’t lie, I was brutally honest and I then asked him what he was doing here.

“He said that he was looking around as he has put some of the NHS funding towards the hospital to make it better.”  

However, the man said that he had concluded Mr Johnson was a ‘caring’ person, having previously thought of him as a ‘bit of a dopey bloke’.  

The premier visited a homeless shelter in London yesterday morning as figures showed rough sleeping had dipped. 

Mr Johnson has made great play of his commitment to the NHS, vowing to pump in more money and improve treatment.

He was a frequent visitor to hospitals before the election, although he has not always received a universally warm welcome.

In September he was accosted by a father at Whipps Cross hospital who said the treatment for his seven-day-old daughter had been ‘unacceptable’.

Omar Salem told the PM: ‘There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there’s not enough nurses, it’s not well organised enough.’ 

The premier visited a homeless shelter in London yesterday morning (pictured) as figures showed rough sleeping had dipped

The premier visited a homeless shelter in London yesterday morning (pictured) as figures showed rough sleeping had dipped

 

 

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