New NHS boss ‘likes’ tweet calling Boris Johnson a ‘slippery cheat’ – but claims it was her staff


THE new boss of the NHS has already risked souring relations with Boris Johnson – after appearing to suggest he’s a liar and a “slippery cheat”.

Amanda Pritchard – who’s been in the job for less than a month – faced fury for “liking” a stinging tweet blasting the PM’s character. 

Amanda Pritchard recently started as NHS chief exec
Ms Pritchard has since removed her like

The post from left-wing campaigner Peter Stefanovic shared an article claiming ministers were over-egging the number of new hospitals being built.

He raged: “Lie after lie after lie. Just how the hell is Johnson’s slippery, cheating, law breaking Government getting away with it?”

But Ms Pritchard has claimed a member of her team accidentally liked the tweet when scrolling through her feed.

An NHS spokesperson said: “Amanda has some support to monitor her account and unfortunately one of the team accidentally liked this tweet. This error has been corrected.”

Ms Pritchard – who worked in Downing Street under Labour PM Tony Blair – hastily removed her “like” after it was widely shared on the site.

Relations between Downing Street and the NHS have always been slightly frosty because of haggling over cash. But officials are expected to be politically neutral

Ms Pritchard only took the reins from Lord Stevens at the start of August after promotion from her previous position as head of NHS Improvement.

When she became the first female chief exec Mr Johnson lavished her with praise and said he “looked forward to working closely with her”.

NHS England has been contacted for comment.

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