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Prime Minister admits he has used ‘independent’ healthcare but is registered with NHS GP

11 Jan 2023 2 minute read
Rishi Sunak. Photo Gareth Fuller. PA Images

Rishi Sunak has finally admitted he has used private healthcare following weeks of speculation about whether he relied on NHS services.

The Prime Minister said he was registered with an NHS GP but told MPs he had used “independent” healthcare in the past.

He has previously refused to answer questions about whether he had private healthcare, insisting it was “not really relevant”.

At Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Sunak said: “I am registered with an NHS GP.

“I have used independent healthcare in the past and I’m also grateful to the Friarage Hospital for the fantastic care they have given my family over the years.”

Mr Sunak’s father was a GP while his mother ran a pharmacy and the Prime Minister said: “I am proud to come from an NHS family and that’s why I’m passionately committed to protecting it with more funding, more doctors and nurses and a clear plan to cut the waiting lists.”

NHS queues

The Prime Minister repeatedly declined during an interview with the BBC on Sunday to say whether he pays to skip NHS queues to see a doctor.

It has previously been reported that he is registered with a private GP practice in west London.

Mr Sunak’s comments followed Health Secretary Steve Barclay confirming he used an NHS doctor.

“I don’t subscribe to a sort of GP private thing,” the Cabinet minister told LBC.

Pressed on whether he has NHS care, Mr Barclay replied: “Yes, I don’t subscribe to private provision.

“But I don’t have a problem with people, with their own money, who wish to spend that money on private healthcare.

“I think that is a perfectly reasonable thing for people to want to do.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago

I can’t see the PM being left in the back of an ambulance, unless it was medical school rag week…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 year ago

Yes, I too can Invision Rishy Sunak waiting in line to see a GP along with the electorate, or as the Tories refer to us as, the great unwashed. And If you are foolish to believe he’s registered and has recently used an NHS GP with a fortune of over £730 million are either a supporter of Brexit or a Unionist.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

His dad was a GP, I expect he is still registered there for admin reasons…

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