‘Blood on walls’ jibe angers NHS
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.