Party leaders clash during PMQs over ‘appalling’ NHS walkout strikes

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons (Image: House of Commons/PA Wire)

Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer have fallen out in the House of Commons over the NHS strikes, with the Prime Minister claiming patients were “terrified” after ambulance drivers left.

During the Prime Minister’s questions, Mr Sunak accused the Labor leader of supporting the strike and opposing a plan to impose minimum service levels during public sector work stoppages “because he sides with his union paymasters”.

He added: “What’s scaring people right now is not knowing if they’re going to get the treatment they need by calling 999. Patients should be able to rely on life-saving primary care.”

Sir Keir replied: “There is no minimum level of service on any day because the Government has broken the NHS.”

He added that there would be no industrial action if the prime minister agreed to negotiations and warned that the ministers’ anti-strike plan would only increase work stoppages.

“They stopped clapping the nurses and fired the nurses,” he said.

Sir Keir also criticized the increasing delays in cancer referrals and said hospital waiting lists had doubled under the Conservatives.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister confirmed for the first time that he had used private healthcare but said he was now registered with an NHS GP.

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