The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn children's' ward, has confronted Boris Johnson during a hospital visit. 

The dad ambushes the Prime Minister to express his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London. 

Confronting the Prime Minister he said: "There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there are not enough nurses, it's not well organised enough.

"The NHS has been destroyed... and now you come here for a press opportunity."


Clearly stunned by the confrontation, Mr Johnson responded saying: "there's no press here" before the parent gestured to cameras filming the confrontation and asked: "What do you mean there's no press here, who are these people?" 

A Downing Street spokesman said the man was understandably "very distressed" and the Prime Minister was "not going to hide away from those circumstances when he goes on these visits" adding: "It's also a reminder of why exactly he is so keen to make the NHS a priority and make sure it's getting the funding that it requires."

On Twitter, Mr Salem said his seven-day-old daughter had been admitted in a “gravely ill” state.

He said: “Boris Johnson had the temerity to come to @WhippsCrossHosp for a press opportunity on the children’s ward that my 7 day old daughter is on, having been admitted to A&E yesterday gravely ill.

“The A&E team were great but she then went for hours on the ward without seeing a doctor.

“Boris Johnson has been an MP, @MayorofLondon, Cabinet Minister and now PM while the NHS has been neglected, just as my daughter was last night.

“Rather than drips of money for press opportunities he should get on with properly supporting the NHS so that patients get the care they deserve, there is adequate staffing with good working conditions and worried fathers like me can have some peace of mind.”

Alan Gurney, chief executive of Whipps Cross hospital, said: “We are constantly reviewing staffing levels on our wards to ensure our patients are safe at all times, but occasionally – as in fact happened on this ward last night- an unexpected emergency in one part of the hospital can cause a temporary pressure elsewhere.”