Humza Yousaf: Scottish health secretary says he is 'gobsmacked' and 'astounded' by Boris Johnson's choice not to wear a mask while visiting a hospital

Scotland’s health secretary Humza Yousaf has hit out at Boris Johnson saying he is “gobsmacked” by the Prime Minister’s decision to not wear a mask while visiting a hospital in England.

Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 9:49 am

Mr Johnson has been met with criticism after pictures emerged of him mask-less, interacting with healthcare staff at Hexham General Hospital on Monday.

They showed him walking around the hospital in a white shirt with his sleeves rolled up, meeting both staff members and patients. Some images showed Mr Johnson without his mask on, while others caught him wearing it.

Mr Yousaf took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to condemn the choice of the Prime Minister, saying “the level of irresponsibility” shown was “astounding.”

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The health secretary tweeted that masks protect others, and questioned Mr Johnson’s choice not to wear one while meeting health care workers.

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He said: “Gobsmacked at that picture of PM strutting around a hospital without a mask.

"The level of irresponsibility is astounding.

Humza Yousaf: Scottish health secretary says he is 'gobsmacked' and 'astounded' by Boris Johnson's choice not to wear a mask while visiting a hospital

"We know masks protect others, why would you deliberately choose not to wear one when meeting health care workers?

"Just a complete & utter lack of leadership.”

The Mirror reported that Mr Johnson's official spokesperson insisted he was following the rules while visiting the hospital, and a No 10 spokesman said: "I am confident he will have been abiding by the rules in place."

A spokesperson for the Northumbria NHS Trust, which Hexham General Hospital is a part of, backed the PM, and said: "The Prime Minister followed strict measures, including wearing a mask, in each clinical area he visited."

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