It was a brutal Question Time for the government last night with the NHS the main topic of debate.
One Emergency Nurse Practitioner said: “I’m going to put this bluntly. It’s like a war zone in the NHS… it’s not OK… we’re tired & we’ve had enough.”
In response, presenter Bruce appeared to be unnerved that there were NHS staff in the crowd.
People were quick to criticise the presenter:
It comes as Rishi Sunak has refused to back calls to boost the health service budget in an attempt to alleviate staffing pressures that have already led to strikes by nurses and ambulance workers.
Also Nicola Sturgeon, has said she held talks with the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, on Thursday evening in which the pair discussed the pressures facing the NHS.
Sturgeon described the talks as “perfectly constructive and cordial”, however she said there was “no indication” from Sunak there will be any more cash for the health service.
Sturgeon told BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “No indication from the prime minister of new money, but hopefully we will see strong investment in the NHS. The Scottish government continues to work hard to avert strike action in the NHS.”
Returning to last night’s show Anna Soubry was also scathing about the government’s handling of the NHS.
She said: “”How the hell can we sort this problem out in the NHS…. if we can’t even admit there’s a crisis, & it’s the biggest crisis in NHS history…. & let’s bring back all those EU workers to fill some of the gaps … “
Then Ash Sarkar added her fury at the Tories NHS crisis: “The reason why you don’t want to admit that it’s a crisis is because it makes your government look bad. But if you can’t be trusted to describe the problem, why should we trust you to fix the problem? It’s wholly deceptive.”
Is it time the government went on strike?
“I absolutely support the right to strike…and I’d like to invite Alex, the government and the Tories to strike immediately,” said one audience member would be happy to see the Tory government on the picket line.