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16th Mar 2020

English doctor apologises for comments on Ireland’s health service during Piers Morgan interview

Darragh Murphy

Dr Hilary Jones

A British doctor has apologised for his comments on Ireland’s health service during an appearance on Good Morning Britain today.

Dr Hilary Jones, a regular contributor on medical issues for media organisations, was slammed on social media for suggesting that Ireland has no health service.

In response to a question regarding the measures being put in place by the British government when compared to others, Dr Jones responded: “If you look at different countries, they all have different health systems and different situations and circumstances.

“The Republic of Ireland, for example, they don’t have a health service so they must be very worried about how they would cope with lots of people getting the virus all at once.”

That comment was met with incredulity from members of the GMB panel, which prompted some clarification from Dr Jones, who stated that “it’s largely private.”

Dr Jones’ appearance has sparked considerable backlash from viewers in Ireland, who felt the need to defend the tireless work being put in by the Health Service Executive during these unprecedented times.

The 66-year-old has since taken to social media to apologise for how he phrased his point.

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