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Downing Street says details of Rishi Sunak’s healthcare arrangements not in ‘public interest’

03 Jan 2023 2 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak departs 10 Downing Street. Photo James Manning PA Images

The Prime Minister’s own healthcare arrangements are not in the public interest, Downing Street has said, amid questions over the Government’s response to pressures on the NHS.

Rishi Sunak, who is regarded as among the richest ever inhabitants of Downing Street, has previously refused to say if he has private healthcare.

Downing Street on Tuesday called it “wholly wrong” to suggest that Mr Sunak was not aware of the challenges facing the health service.

The questions over Mr Sunak’s own medical care arose as warnings grow about the current “intolerable” situation for patients and staff in the NHS.

First-hand experience

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman on Monday was pressed on whether Mr Sunak did or did not have “first-hand experience” of the publicly funded healthcare system.

“You’ll know we don’t get into the PM’s personal affairs in that way, as you would expect,” he told reporters.

“I think it would be wholly wrong to claim the Prime Minister is not fully aware of the challenges our health service is facing.

“It is why he has prioritised funding for the NHS in the autumn statement at a time of constrained public finances.

“The Prime Minister has a number of meetings very regularly on the NHS. It is one of his top priorities.”

Pressed on whether it was in the public interest for people to know about Mr Sunak’s healthcare arrangements, the spokesman said: “No, I don’t think getting into medical issues for a prime minister’s family is in the public interest.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
30 days ago

We know he goes private, GP visit £240 a time. What we need to know is how much his family is earning out of India’s support for Putin’s War on Ukraine as trade between Russia and India rises by 400%. Putin’s conscripts go to war wearing Indian leather boots and what else beside…a scandal that the PM of the UK is potentially an illegal war profiteer…

Gareth Plas
Gareth Plas
30 days ago

Of course he has private healthcare, as will all his cronies and those in the Labour Party too. You won’t see any of them, or any trade union leader waiting for 20 hrs in A and E. But there again, I’m guessing that within 5 yrs we will all have either insurance healthcare, or none at all.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
29 days ago

The guardian editorial on Rishi Sunak and the NHS sums him up a treat…’a nowhere man in a boys suit’…

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