Tensions rose after Morgan grilled Hancock, the health secretary, about the PPE shortages faced by the NHS at the start of the pandemic.
The host appeared increasingly frustrated as Hancock failed to give a straight answer – with the minister instead saying Morgan should be “thanking” his team because “they work so hard”.
After Hancock defended the work of his team, Morgan said: “You and your team have resided over a woeful handling of the pandemic that has led to us having the worst death toll in Europe – 130,000 people dead.
“So I’m sorry if my first thought when you come on here is not to thank you and your team for your brilliant handling of the pandemic, as I don’t think 130,000 deaths shows that you’ve handled it well.”
‘I think we should be on this programme thanking my team.’
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