The Deputy Prime Minister has defended Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister was depicted not wearing a mask during a visit to a hospital.
“He followed all the advice and all the guidance he was given at all times, I think it’s the right thing for all of us to do,” Dominic Raab told Kay Burley.
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Mr johnson has been criticized after photos surfaced of him not wearing face mask at Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland, though photos showed him wearing a mask at some point during his visit.
Asked if the Prime Minister had forgotten to take on one, Mr Raab replied: “Like many of us, we take the advice and guidance we have received in various contexts, and it is the right thing for us to do as politicians, and that is the right thing to do for the public. “
The prime minister was in hospital as part of the government’s continued push to persuade those entitled to one COVID-19 booster jab to accept the offer of a third vaccine dose.
Matthew Taylor of the NHS Confederation told Sky News that it was “unfortunate” that the prime minister was seen without a mask.
Labor’s shadow health minister Jonathan Ashworth accused Johnson of “irresponsibly parading” around the hospital, adding: “Patients and NHS staff deserve better than this.”
“The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, followed strict measures, including wearing a mask, in every clinical area he visited.”
So not only is Boris Johnson too cowardly to show up to parliament to defend the vicious corrupt government fears of recent days.
He now irresponsibly parades around a hospital without a mask.
Patients and NHS staff deserve better than this. pic.twitter.com/wrrtcmrlZm
– Jonathan Ashworth (@JonAshworth) November 8, 2021
Guidance on the trust’s website recommends that visitors wash their hands at the hospital entrance and “wear a face mask when entering the hospital until you leave.”
Asked by journalists whether the Prime Minister had broken the rules, his spokesman said: “During a hospital visit, we always make sure that we comply with the set rules.
“He will have complied with the applicable rules.”
This is not the first time Mr Johnson has faced questions about his masking habits.
The Prime Minister was criticized last week for does not wear face mask while sitting next to 95-year-old TV station Sir David Attenborough at COP26.