GMBs Richard Madeley shut down live on air in TV clash for demonising NHS

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Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley came under fire after he shared his thoughts on the rise in tax to boost funding for the National Health Service.

During Wednesday’s (April 6) instalment of the popular ITV morning show, the 65-year-old joined his co-host Kate Garraway on the desk as they discussed the latest news headlines.

The dynamic duo welcomed journalist commentators Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce in the studio alongside beloved medical professional Dr Hilary Jones.

As they started the controversial discussion, the dad-of-two posed the question of whether the “great sprawling web called the NHS needs root and branch reform.”

And it’s fair to say the broadcaster had ruffled some feathers as Kevin jumped in with the hurtful comment, saying: “It’s very pejorative to call it a big sprawling web. That’s how people begin to demonise it and run it down.”

The reporter went on to reference a report which found catastrophic failings at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust which contributed towards hundreds of babies’ deaths over the last 20 years.

He went on to say: “I’m not going to apologise for mistakes that happened in Shrewsbury and Telford in maternity services, but it’s a precious public service.

“It’s a matter of life and death for some people. I’m not going to say it’s all run well, but you need it.”

Kevin went on to argue to Richard: “I just think your language there demonises it.”

The ITV host quickly hit back saying he was willing to put himself “in the firing line” by saying: “If somebody like me, without an agenda, is going to say, is it time we took a root and branch look at how it’s funded, to then say that’s demonising the NHS shuts down discussion.”

The journalist hit back with: “Alright, alright, when you say that what do you mean? Pay privately?” to which Richard said: “I hope not” to which he pointed out: “So then it’s going to be paid from taxation.”

It comes after the former I'm A Celebrity star was criticised on Good Morning Britain after questioning why rape was a weapon of war.

The presenter discussed the latest horrifying allegations earlier this week after Russian troops have used rape as a "weapon of war" against Ukrainian civilians.

The UK's ambassador to Ukraine said on Tuesday (April 5) how she was aware of reports of women and girls being raped in front of they families which she described as a "deliberate act of subjugation."

Kate and Richard welcomed Former Senior British Advisor to US central command, Chip Chapman shared his thoughts on the situation overseas.

After discussing the heartbreaking testimony uncovered by several human rights groups, Richard asked: "Chip, we've said something that was widely reported this morning that rape was used as a weapon of war. How exactly is rape a weapon of war?"

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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