PUBLISHED: 08:31, Tue, Dec 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 08:43, Tue, Dec 10, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn was asked why the picture was being made into a political issue when the mother of the child said she didn't want that to happen. The Labour Party leader defended the politicisation of the picture and explained it "says something about our NHS". Host Louise Minchin asked: “What’s it come to when politics is all about the treatment of a four-year-old boy sick in hospital being used as a political football when his mum specifically says she doesn’t want that to happen.”
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Corbyn said: “It’s an example of what’s happening in our NHS and it is obviously awful for that little boy and the family that were treated.
“But it does say something about our NHS when this happened and then all research shows there’s a very large number of hospitals where patients are at risk because of staff shortages, lack of equipment and poor maintenance in buildings.
“It is a serious issue, it is a political issue how we fund the NHS."
Ms Minchin added: “The Royal college of Physicians has said it does not want the NHS to be used as a political football. They’ve also said, and they’ve looked at all the manifestos, the promises that have been made in manifestos are not physically possible, the plans are not credible.”
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Jeremy Corbyn (Image: BBC)
Jeremy Corbyn faced questions over politicising the NHS (Image: BBC)