Richard Madeley suffers a nasty fall as he heads to hospital for Good Morning Britain special about how the NHS is struggling over winter
Richard Madeley suffered a nasty fall as he headed to hospital for a Good Morning Britain special episode on Monday.
The presenter, 66, nearly didn’t make it on air after slipping in the treacherous icy weather, but was still able to host the show from Whiston Hospital alongside Kate Garraway, 55.
And showing no sign of obvious injury during the segment, Richard was clearly in the right place if he did need some medical attention as he spoke to staff about how challenging the NHS is over winter.
Snow accident: Richard Madeley suffered a nasty fall as he headed to hospital for a Good Morning Britain special episode on Monday
Richard took a moment to tell the nation about his own spot of bother while on route to present the show.
‘I fell over this morning getting out of the car, a full-on fall!’, he said as Kate interrupted: ‘Richard nearly didn’t make it on air. It was very tense.’
Richard continued: ‘A lot of people walking into hospitals all over the country where it’s freezing cold with fall accidents. That is really pushing the pressure up.’
Close shave: The presenter, 66, nearly didn’t make it on air after falling over due to the heavy snow
The presenter was compared to Alan Partridge by viewers as he appeared on screen with his tie tucked into his shirt.
He said: ‘If you’ve just joined us, the reason we’re in shirt sleeves and tie tucked in and all the rest of it – though that isn’t really compulsory but I’ve done it just in case.’
One viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘Richard Madeley is in full Alan Partridge mode this morning. Hilarious’, while another added: ‘Richard Madeley going peak Alan Partridge on ‘Welcome to the Frailty Department which is for Frail People’.’
Slip: “I fell over this morning getting out of the car, a full-on fall!”, he said as Kate interrupted: “Richard nearly didn’t make it on air. It was very tense”
The piece-to-camera came as tens of thousands of nurses voted to strike for the first time in 100 years in a dispute over pay.
The Royal College of Nursing announced the first in a series of walk outs over pay will take place on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December.
Health insiders have warned the disruption will cost lives, with a ‘bank holiday service’ causing delays and cancellations to everything from routine operations to chemotherapy.
It comes as NHS bosses warned the health service faces ‘its most challenging winter ever’ with the ‘tripledemic’ of flu, Covid and record demand on urgent and emergency services.
Health Secretary Steve Barclay said he ‘deeply regrets’ the walkouts but added that the demands – a 19 per cent pay rise – are simply ‘not affordable’.
Ministers have offered a pay rise of at least £1,400 for 2022-23, the equivalent of between a 4 per cent and 5 per cent rise, and honours in full the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review.
Comical: The presenter was compared to Alan Partridge by viewers as he appeared on screen with his tie tucked into his shirt
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