Piers Morgan The Hero For Once As He Rips In Jeremy Hunt Over NHS 'Humanitarian Crisis'

"How can you have old people sitting there for 30 hours after having a stroke?"

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Jeremy Hunt found himself on the receiving end of a live TV takedown, after Piers Morgan was relentless in his demand for answers about the NHS on Good Morning Britain.

The Christmas period was a nightmare for hospitals across the country, as they found themselves overcrowded with some patients being left on trolleys for hours.

The British Red Cross, which confirmed this weekend it had stepped in to help free up beds at hospitals, called the situation a "humanitarian crisis".

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Tory MP Hunt attempted to downplay the situation, but Piers was having none of it.

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"This has gone back to the dark ages," the GMB presenter said. "How can you have old people sitting there for 30 hours after having a stroke?"

Hunt tried to deflect the criticism by saying that Christmas time is always busy.

"The first thing I want to do is thank NHS staff, who are working incredibly hard," he added.

Piers shot back instantly: "But they don't want to hear your thanks."

"But they do," Hunt insisted.

Piers said: "But they don't. They don't want to hear your thanks. They want to know what you're going to do about it – because you've got people dying on trolleys in British hospitals.

"We know Christmas is busy. It's always busy, but you can't have these people, elderly people, suffering from strokes dying of cardiac arrest."

Hunt snapped at one point, demanding that he could talk without being interrupted.

"If you invite me onto your programme, you have to let me finish. Let me finish!" he said.

"Perhaps it would help if I told you what we were doing. We're putting over £4 billion into the NHS, which will be our top priority, and we need to have an honest discussion with the public."

Hunt also claimed that the problem has since "eased significantly", with the number of patients waiting on trolleys "reduced to a handful now".

Good Morning Britain weekdays airs on ITV.

Watch Eamonn Holmes tear Jeremy Hunt apart last year over the junior doctors' strike below: