Tory election lies: Matt Hancock falsely claimed 1,100 more GPs had joined the NHS

Matt Hancock: Fanfare the falsehood, then quietly retract it later. Is that the plan?

Tory election tactics 2019:

1. Make a wildly extravagant claim.

2. Wait for it to be disproved.

3. Quietly delete the claim, hoping that more people will have believed it than seen it isn’t true.

This is what Matt Hancock has done.

His original tweet – last week – raised outrage from doctors and health groups who pointed out that the number of qualified doctors has fallen.

The UK Statistics Office intervened after receiving complaints.

Now Mr Hancock has deleted the tweet.

Where’s the public apology and retraction?

According to The Independent, the situation is actually worse than when the Tories pledged to add 5,000 extra doctors, including trainees, to the GP workforce in 2015.

The newspaper has said that the September workforce figures show 5,460 places to be filled – an increase of 460 vacancies.

As far as Mr Hancock is concerned, how much more wrong could he be?

Source: Health Secretary Matt Hancock deletes ‘1,000 more GPs’ claim after statistics watchdog censure | The Independent


  1. trev November 4, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    He’s either lying or is incompetent. Anyone else would be sacked from their job. Every job spec. I read requires applicants to be honest and competent, two things that seem to count for nothing in the world of Politics. He should resign never mind apologise.

  2. Chaz Wyman November 4, 2019 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    TORY LIES: Listen carefully in the News when “40 new hospitals” are announced. FACT CHECK. 6 existing hospitals repaired soon, 34 repaired later. Not enough spending for a SINGLE hospital – SHARE.

  3. timfrom November 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    The worst porky yet is the “poll” conducted by the Daily Mail, I think it is, but still trumpeted by Sky news earlier (and possibly elsewhere), claiming that the public now trust the Tories with the NHS more than Labour!

    Thank God this sort of blatant propaganda will disappear (from tv at least, if not the print media) when parliament is dissolved on Wednesday…we hope…

  4. kateuk November 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    They don’t care, they just make clickbait statements and hope that enough people believe it to get them re-elected.

  5. DWS November 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Newspapers do this every day. What we need is a law that forces publishers to print the retraction on the same page number, with the same font size as the original lie, with the objective of making sure a similar number of people se the retraction as saw the original lie.

  6. Dez November 4, 2019 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Fake news at its worst. So much for the Cons clearing up false data and news when there own forked tongue so called leaders cannot stop themselves making it up as they slither along. What the so called cash strapped NHS is doing is subbing out loads of work to the private hospital providers. One has only to look at how much extra income has been generated from subbed out NHS work….very big numbers but no information from the Tory media about this outsourcing from local Clinical Groups .Is this another throw money at negative cancer detection data. In one respect I was happy to enjoy the high service levels, prompt attention and diagnosis as a NHS subbed out patient however could not understand where the money was coming from other than from recent Government injections.

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