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Boris Johnson takes phone of reporter who tries to show him photo of sick boy with no hospital bed

Jack Williment-Barr slept on the floor because of a shortage of beds amid a health service funding crisis in the UK



Sky Palma
December 9, 2019 10:11PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story
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When a reporter challenged him to look at a photo of a 4-year-old boy forced to sleep on a hospital floor, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson grabbed the reporter’s phone and stuffed it in his pocket for a portion of the interview, all the while refusing to look at the photo.

The photo was of Jack Williment-Barr who had to sleep on the floor due to a shortage of hospital beds due to the country’s National Health Service (NHS) funding crisis. He was waiting to be treated for possible pneumonia.

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“You refused to look at the photo,” reporter Joe Pike told Johnson. “You’ve taken my phone and put it in your pocket, prime minister. [Jack’s] mother says the NHS is in crisis. What’s your response?”

After being pressed by Pike, Johnson took the phone out of his pocket, glanced at the photo and said, “It’s a terrible, terrible picture, and I apologize of course to the family.”

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