‘Blood on walls’ jibe angers NHS

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HEALTH­CARE lead­ers crit­i­cised the pres­i­dent yesterday for say­ing a top NHS hospi­tal had ‘blood on all the walls.’

Mr Trump claimed the Royal Lon­don hospi­tal in Whitechapel, East Lon­don, was ‘worse than any hospi­tal’ in a war zone.

‘It is right in the mid­dle of Lon­don. I guess it used to be the ul­ti­mate and now there is, you know, there is blood all over the walls, all over the floors,’ he said.

‘It was a very ma­jor story and I have heard it from oth­ers, too, so I think it is very sad. Very sad.’

Mr Trump was re­fer­ring to a re­cent in­ter­view with one of the hospi­tal’s sur­geons who spoke of how he was treat­ing knife vic­tims every day.

Mr Martin Grif­fiths, a lead­ing trauma sur­geon, had ex­plained that his mil­i­tary col­leagues had likened the sit­u­a­tion to their time in Hel­mand prov­ince, Afghanistan. Last year the hospi­tal treated 702 blade in­juries.

Saf­fron Cordery, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of NHS Providers, which rep­re­sents hos­pi­tals, said: ‘Don­ald Trump be­trays pro­found ig­no­rance about the NHS. He should stick to what he knows.’

Dr Kevin O’Kane, of the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion said: ‘I don’t think Don­ald Trump knows much about the NHS or health­care in gen­eral. Maybe he should con­cen­trate on vi­o­lent crime and gun crime in the USA in­stead.’

The hospi­tal re­quires im­prove­ment ac­cord­ing to the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion watch­dog and was crit­i­cised for a lack of ster­ile equip­ment and a short­age of nurses.

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