Coronavirus: Failure to answer a simple question about NHS cuts shows depth of Tory health betrayal

Gove: he always looks a little gobsmacked but his response to this question has to be seen.

It was a stroke of genius: a simple question from the press that skewered Michael Gove and NHS boss Simon Stevens over cuts to the health service since 2010.

Andy Woodcock, editor of The Independent, used a televised press conference to ask whether the government regretted cutting the number of NHS beds and failing to increase the number of nurses.

It was a valid question, because the NHS has lost more than 11,000 beds since 2010 as a result of Tory cuts and closures. Last I heard, private health providers were set to make £2.4 million per day by renting 8,000 beds to the public provider.

Why not just nationalise them, as has been done in other countries?

And Brexit alone has cost the UK 10,000 nurses since 2016.

You can watch the video on Skwawkbox to see the response – stunned silence from Gove and stumbling dissembling from Stevens.

This is exactly the kind of question that the press should have been asking the Tory governments of the last few years, but haven’t.

Better late than never, some might say.

Let’s just hope they keep it up.

Source: Video: simple question on the effect of NHS cuts leaves Gove gobsmacked and reduces NHS boss Stevens to gibberish | The SKWAWKBOX

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  1. Jeffrey Davies March 29, 2020 at 8:13 am - Reply

    But a lot of those nurses took jobs with the company’s who did the governments work of denial of benefits to sick disabled mentally ill a rotten system who took many

  2. Stu March 29, 2020 at 10:24 am - Reply

    It is for this very reason that Bojob has suddenly “self-isolated”.
    Gove has been his “meat shield” for months and is only wheeled out when Bojob is facing scrutiny for something his party has or hasn’t done.

    Privatisation of supply chains is something else that needs broadcasting.

    Even the Right-Wing press who have just had a gift of millions in VAT abolishment are asking awkward questions that can no longer be silenced.

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