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London: Rishi Sunak reprimanded by pensioner during hospital visit

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An elderly woman confronted Rishi Sunak during a hospital visit and told him to pay nurses more.

The new Prime Minister was appointed by Catherine Poole, a 77-year-old patient in the service he attended during a photo session.

Ms Poole told him ‘you have to pay them’ and when Mr Sunak said the NHS was important she replied: ‘Yes, and take care of it.’

The pensioner added: “You don’t try, you have to try harder.”

As Chancellor Jeremy Hunt looks for ways to plug a multi-billion pound fiscal black hole, there are fears that vital public services will be cut.

Thousands of nurses are voting for walkouts and pushing for higher salaries amid soaring inflation.

During the visit to a south London hospital, he took the opportunity to express his confidence in the way the party has come together under his leadership.


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Catherine gave the new PM a good old talk (Picture: ITV News)

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The Prime Minister was grilled during a photo op at a hospital earlier today (Picture: Getty Images)

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Rishi visited staff and patients at Croydon University Hospital (Picture: AP)

“I am convinced that our party is united,” he said.

“He is united behind delivering on the promise of the manifesto on which we were elected, with very strong support, in 2019.

“What does this manifesto say? He says we want to have a stronger NHS, we want safer streets, we want better schools, we want to protect our borders and we want to level the economy across our country.

“That’s what unites and excites all conservatives, that’s what excites me and that’s what I want to deliver to the people of this country.”

But he dodged questions about nurses’ pay despite Ms Poole’s intervention.

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Rishi dodged some questions (Picture: Getty Images)

He said: ‘It’s great to be here at Croydon Hospital, to see the great work of the doctors and nurses here.

“One of my government’s priorities will be to tackle the Covid backlog and support the NHS.

“We face many challenges as a country, but I’m confident we can fix the economy and deliver on the promise of the 2019 manifesto, including having a stronger NHS.”

Just a week after taking office, he has already caused controversy by renouncing Suella Braverman as interior minister and refusing to attend COP27 in Egypt.

Mr Sunak’s refusal to attend COP27 has been called “wrong” by former culture secretary Nadine Dorries.

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The blue on blue fights continue with Nadine Dorries at the center of it all (Picture: PA)

She challenged Jacob Rees Mogg’s claim that the decision was ‘fair’ by glancing at him and saying: ‘For balance my friend… The Prime Minister is wrong not to go to the COP.

“Global warming is the biggest crisis facing our planet and net zero creates many thousands of jobs which is good for the economy. The COP in Glasgow was the most successful ever.

In an awkward interview at the hospital, Mr Sunak tried to justify the decision not to attend the climate summit.

He said: “The leadership we have shown on climate is unmatched anywhere in the world.

“If you look at what we’ve done in this country, you know, we’re an example to follow, the rate at which we’ve reduced climate emissions, how we’re going to protect our environment and those things are really important to me.

“It is important to me as Prime Minister that we leave behind a better future for our children.”

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