Boris Johnson slammed for saying ‘by no means thoughts’ about most cancers dying charges
The prime minister said wage growth was a better metric than health benchmarks (Images: BBC / Getty Images)
Boris Johnson has come under fire for saying wage growth is a more important metric for measuring “leveling” than cancer rates and life expectancy.
The Prime Minister has long promised to “raise up” Britain. When asked how he would determine whether his policies address inequality gaps, he said the health benchmarks “don’t care”.
He told the BBC on Friday, “I gave you the most important metric – not to mention life expectancy, not to mention cancer – look at wage growth.
“Wage growth is now experienced more quickly by those on lower incomes. It hasn’t happened in 10 years or more.
“That’s what I mean by getting up.”
Mr Johnson said the recent wage hike has shown it is helping to “level” the country (Image: BBC).
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told The Independent the comments were “the most terrifying words ever spoken by a Prime Minister.”
The Leicester South Labor MP said: “If cancer incidence and survival rates among the poorest were the same as those of the wealthier, there would be 19,000 fewer deaths a year. Life expectancy of people in the poorest areas has stalled.
“There is no level-up without improving your health. It is now clearer than ever that everything Boris Johnson is offering is just smooth words and not deeds.
Shadow Child Poverty Minister Wes Streeting, who is recovering from kidney cancer, said, ‘”Don’t worry about cancer results” I do as it happens. Millions of others do too. It’s heartbreaking, revealing, and outrageous. ‘
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader of the House of Commons, Ian Blackford, said, “Don’t forget about life expectancy or the consequences of cancer,” says @BorisJohnson.
“Every citizen should see this insight into the mindset of our Prime Minister. It doesn’t have to be like that for Scotland, we have an alternative to this man who is literally ready to sacrifice our health. ‘
“Forget about life expectancy, forget about cancer results”
The life expectancy of the poorest has decreased.
If the cancer incidence and survival rates of the poorest were the same as those of the wealthier, there would be 19,000 fewer deaths per year.
Life and death are important.
– Jonathan Ashworth (@JonAshworth) October 2, 2021
“Don’t Worry About Cancer Results”
I do as it happens. Millions of others do too.
It’s stomach-wrenching, insightful, and outrageous. pic.twitter.com/9PNQO2AxVi
– Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) October 2, 2021
“It doesn’t matter, life expectancy, regardless of cancer results” says @BorisJohnson Every citizen should see this glimpse into the mindset of our Prime Minister. It doesn’t have to be like that for Scotland, we have an alternative to this man who is literally ready to sacrifice our health. https://t.co/V1ryDsiwhN
– Ian Blackford (@Ianblackford_MP) October 2, 2021
A man whose sister died of lung cancer in 2008 aged just 37, Marc Antony, said what the prime minister said was “unforgivable”.
He tweeted, “That just shows what (Boris Johnson) really thinks about these issues. This man, this party never cared about the ordinary person. How traitors of the working class ever voted for it is a mystery to me. ‘
Steven McIntosh, executive director of Macmillan Cancer Support, said cancer patients whose treatment was interrupted during the pandemic “need to know that they are high on the government’s priority list.”
He told The Independent, “Any ‘leveling’ action for our country must focus on urgent progress for people facing delayed cancer treatment, poorer cancer experience, or poorer outcomes. ‘
The Prime Minister’s remarks come just before the Conservative Party conference begins in Manchester on Sunday.
It runs through Wednesday and ends with Mr Johnson’s keynote address.
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