Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy fumed at Leveling Up Minister Lucy Frazer after the Tory MP claimed her Conservative Government had built 40 new hospitals, branding it “nonsense”. Question Time host Fiona Bruce and Talk TV presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer also questioned the claim.
Ms Frazer had started by arguing that the government had committed to fund diagnostic centres.
She said: “There are many ways of treating people.
“So, we have committed money to diagnostic centers.
“We’ve got 40 new hospitals.”
“They’ve got nowhere to go that’s why we’ve got a social care crisis.”
However Ms Frazer hit back claiming that the government had invested “significant funds” into the NHS and is doing the same with social care.
She said: “You can get really angry about it David but we’re investing significant funds into social care.
“But of course the population is getting older.
“People need and can receive more support and they are getting that.
“We recognize, absolutely recognize that there are issues.
“Absolutely recognize there are backlogs and we’re committed to dealing with it.
“But I’m not going to pretend there are easy answers to these very difficult questions.”