Matt Hancock’s adviser PUNCHED in the face by pro-Labour campaigner at Leeds hospital

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09.12.2019 16:42

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The health secretary and his advisor, who is yet to be named following initial reports of the confrontation, attended Leeds General Infirmary following disturbing images of a little boy named Jack lying on the hospital floor covered in coats while waiting for a bed, with paramedics fearing he had pneumonia. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted about the attack. She said: “So Matt Hancock was despatched to Leeds General (sorry not just Leeds Hospital), to try to sort out mess, hearing Labour activists scrambled to go + protest, and it turned nasty when they arrived - one of them punched Hancock's adviser.”

Jack was given an oxygen mask by overstretched NHS staff after being told Leeds General Infirmary had no beds available for him.His mother, Sarah Williment, 34, said he was moved to a trolly after he spent five hours on the floor in what was the hospital’s busiest week since April 2016.

Ms Williment said a bed was found for her son at 3am.This was more than 13 hours after she had taken him to A&E.Ms Williment called the situation a “crisis”.She said that hospital staff were “all as helpful as they could be” but “there simply aren’t enough beds to cope with the high level of demand”.READ NOW: John McDonnell admits Labour are losing seats to Boris Johnson [NEWS]

She added: “I am frustrated about the system and the lack of beds, which I am presuming is due to a lack of funding to the NHS to deliver the services that are required.”She then said because of the situation she would be voting for Labour in Thursday’s general election.Mr Hancock at the time thanked “tireless” hospital staff.He added: “Leeds has been allocated £600 million of funding as part of our commitment to build 40 new hospitals.”DON'T MISS: Election news: Boost for Boris as Corbyn and Swinson savaged in poll  [NEWS]Boris Johnson issued chilling Falkland Islands warning [INSIGHT]John Curtice issues hung Parliament warning in shock analysis [ANALYSIS]

It is thought today’s visit came about because of the image of Jack on the floor.The boy’s current condition is not known.It is unknown what arrests, if any, have taken place after the incident today.Express.co.uk has contacted West Yorkshire Police for a statement.

The news comes after Boris Johnson was confronted at another hospital in September about the state of the NHS.The exchange was caught on video, with the father in question later revealed to have been a Labour Party activist.Omar Salem, an anti-Brexit campaigner, spoke to the Prime Minister over NHS cuts and long waiting times.He also hit out at Mr Johnson for using the hospital visit as a press opportunity and said the “NHS has been destroyed”.

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