Rishi Sunak admits to using private healthcare services in PMQs

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The Prime Minister has revealed he has turned to private health care after coming under fire for refusing to speak about his arrangements last week.

Rishi Sunak told MPs he was registered with an NHS GP in the Prime Minister’s Questions today.

But then he added: “I have used independent healthcare in the past and I am also grateful to Friarage Hospital for the fantastic care they have provided my family over the years.”

The British leader did not mention when he signed on to the NHS operation.

The admission comes after Labor’s Cat Smith told him no NHS dentists would be taking new patients in Lancaster and Fleetwood – and current patients are waiting months to get an appointment.

To the sneers of other MPs in the background, she then asked: “Can the prime minister say how long he had to wait for his last dentist appointment?”

Sir Keir Starmer later made a snipe too, telling the Commons: “I heard the Prime Minister say he’s now registered with an NHS doctor, so he’ll soon be enjoying the experience of being on hold at 8am every morning waiting to get a doctor’s appointment.

“But I can tell him that those who are waiting now don’t want any more empty promises or bragging about what he did, they just want to know when to see a doctor.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks during Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday January 11, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: House of Commons/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak made the reveal in Prime Minister’s Questions (Image: PA)

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The Labor leader said 50,000 people diagnosed with cancer are waiting more than two weeks to be seen by a specialist.

“This isn’t just about routine care, there couldn’t be anything more terrifying to be told you might have cancer. That is why the last Labor government introduced a guarantee that you would be examined by a specialist within two weeks,” he said.

The Prime Minister replied: “When it comes to the NHS it is crystal clear: the Conservatives on the side of the patients, Labor on the side of their union paymasters.

“He just jumps from one thing to another and that’s the difference between him and me. He focuses on petty politics, I deliver for the UK.

Critics previously urged the multimillionaire leader to “clean up” his healthcare plan as millions of Britons face huge waiting lists and A&E patients are waiting up to four days in “severely overcrowded” hospitals.

In November, The Guardian newspaper claimed that Mr Sunak was registered with a private GP practice, which guarantees patients with urgent concerns are treated “on the day”.

Mr Sunak tried to avoid the question with Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday, before saying: “As a general guideline, I would never talk about myself or my family’s health situation.

“But it’s not really relevant, what’s relevant is the difference I can make for the country.”

He said health care was a “private” matter, insisting that discussing his own situation “is a distraction from what the real issue is, and the real issue is we make sure there’s a qualitative quality health care for the country”.

“But when it comes to the private sector in general, we should use the independent sector. I have no problem with that at all,” he added.

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