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Boris Johnson Apologises For Poor NHS Care After Boy Forced To Sleep On Hospital Floor

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Boris Johnson has apologised to NHS patients who have suffered a bad experience after a four year-old boy with suspected pneumonia had to sleep on a hospital floor for hours.The prime minister also appeared to try to shift blame for the loss of 15,000 hospital beds away from his Tory party, insisting it was a new government with a new approach .It came after Jack Williment-Barr, who was admitted with suspected pneumonia, was pictured asleep on a pile of coats with what appeared to be an oxygen mask at Leeds General Infirmary.The boy was forced to spend four hours on the floor before enduring another five hours on a trolley before a bed was finally found for him, according to the Mirror.It came as the head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Katherine Henderson, accused NHS England of covering up the true number of patients waiting more than 12 hours in hospital.Asked about four year-old Jack, Johnson told LBC s Nick Ferrari: Of course I sympathise very much and I apologise to everybody who has a bad experience. By and large, I think the NHS do an amazing job and I think that they deserve all praise for the service they provide but they do need investment and that s why we re doing it now. But they need investment from a one-nation government that really cares and understands that s us that cares and understands and you need long-term funding. Earlier, he was pressed on what he said to people who wait more than 12 hours in A E for treatment. He replied: I want everybody to have the best possible experience in the NHS and I have every sympathy with people who don t. He said he believes the NHS on the whole does a wonderful, wonderful job , adding: We need to be putting money in now and move forward as a country. Johnson meanwhile said he would have to find some way of honouring his promise to lie down in front of bulldozers if work starts at Heathrow on a third runway, which has been approved by parliament but is yet to get the final go-ahead. It might be technically difficult to achieve, he said.The PM also faced questions about why he put the cost of the HS2 high speed rail project, which the government is reviewing, at north of 100bn even though the current estimate is 88bn.Questioned on why he was using the 100bn figure, he said: It s a figure I ve used many times in the past. Related... Boris Johnson Targets Labour Heartlands - But Also Forced To Protect Vulnerable Seats Thousands Of Crumbling Schools In Need Of Immediate Repairs Boris Johnson Refuses To Say Whether He Will Quit If Tories Fail To Win Majority

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