Tom Swarbrick questions NHS management after hospital photo scandal

9 December 2019, 23:49 | Updated: 10 December 2019, 16:13

Tom Swarbrick says NHS managers need to take more responsibility for what happens within the health service's hospitals.

The LBC presenter says that when, for example a hospital has "not got enough pillows... the first port of call to answer that question has to be the people running it".

He highlighted the six-figure salaries paid to many senior managers within the NHS.

He said: "It can't be that everything on ground level is the fault of the government, of any colour. There's a big, big gap in the middle.

"I'm not saying the government is absolved of responsibility either. But if we're not looking at the people who are managing these hospitals, then great, we don't need them, let's save the money.

"It is entirely their responsibility for the day-to-day management of a hospital."

He was speaking at the end of a day during which Boris Johnson has faced criticism for his reaction to a photo showing a four year-old boy with suspected pneumonia who had to sleep on the floor of a hospital.

The Prime Minister was showed the picture featured on Monday's Daily Mirror by a reporter during a campaign event, but took ITV News' Joe Pike's phone and put it in his pocket instead.

Tuesday's edition of the Daily Mirror (below) features a picture of a baby laying on a chair with only her mother's cardigan as a blanket, within an NHS hospital.