Boris Johnson asked to apologise after boy sleeps on hospital floor

General Election 2019

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has called on the Prime Minister to apologise to the family of a four-year-old boy who had to sleep on a hospital floor.

We are aware of information circulating on social media in relation to an alleged incident involving election campaigners at Leeds General Infirmary this afternoon.

Asked if it was fear of Labour that made his party set up the website, Johnson said: "I'm afraid the short answer to that question is that I haven't got the foggiest idea".

Ms Williment, 34, told the Mirror she would now switch allegiance and vote Labour in Thursday's election, owing to her concerns about the state of the NHS.

It was alleged that he was hit by a political activist demonstrating outside the hospital just hours after Boris Johnson refused to look at a picture of the boy during an interview.

Boris Johnson was so keen to avoid looking at a photo of four-year-old Jack Williment, he accidentally pocketed a reporter's phone. "But what we are doing is supporting the NHS and on the whole patients in the NHS have a much better experience than this kid has had".

It comes as Boris Johnson prepares to target Labour heartlands in a bid to convince Leave voters that Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit position is akin to a "great betrayal". "You've taken my phone and put it in your pocket Prime Minister".

The spat came as opinion polls give the Conservatives a lead, but as many as one in five voters remain undecided. It's clear he could not care less.


An adviser to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has been involved in a confrontation with protesters outside a Leeds hospital during a Conservative general election campaign visit. "Sick toddlers like Jack deserve so much better".

He said: "They've had nine years to sort this out".

Sarah Williment said it was "chaos", and her son, who has suspected pneumonia, then had to wait for five hours on a trolley before a bed was found.

The boy in the picture was eventually diagnosed with flu and tonsillitis and was allowed to be taken home after waiting for several hours in various parts of the hospital in Leeds, northern England.

"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.

"Of course", said Johnson, not breaking eye contact with Pike. "That's why we're putting a record investment into the NHS now", Johnson said, before beginning to speak about new investment in police and the health service. "This falls below our usual high standards, and for this we would like to sincerely apologise to Jack and his family".

Johnson responded by saying: "What we are doing is we are taking this country forward and we are investing in the NHS, and what would be the worst thing possible would be to have a government that is mired in more deadlock, more disarray and unable to move forward".

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