60 Sec Elec December 9th: Top doctor issues warning against NHS pledges, and the PM pockets a mobile phone

Labour has promised to end austerity by February, a top Midlands doctor has warned that the promises made by parties in their manifestos are not realistic and why did the PM pocket a journalist's phone?

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The Labour Party has promised a February 2020 budget that will end austerity “once and for all”.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he will deliver a budget on February 5 which will save the NHS, rebuild public services, and introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 per hour for all workers.

Meanwhile, a top doctor has warned manifesto promises on the NHS are not “physically possible” because of a lack of people in training to fulfil them.

Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, also said patients in hospital should get used to seeing their doctors less as the health service reaches “crunch point”.

Prof Goddard told The Independent that he was frustrated “by the proposed policies and promises” by Labour and the Tories, and their “relationship to reality and what actually is deliverable."

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And Boris Johnson has apologised to the family of a boy who was forced to sleep on a hospital floor despite being initially reluctant to look at the "terrible, terrible" photo of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr.

The Prime Minister said he had "every possible sympathy" with those who have had a bad experience with the NHS after he first refused to look at the image of the young boy presented to him by ITV Calendar's Political Correspondent Joe Pike during an interview on Monday.

Mr Johnson took the phone and placed it in his pocket before eventually looking at the image.

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