Jonathan Ashworth Jokes Theresa May Will Use ‘Go Home’ Ambulances To Deter Foreign Medics

Labour’s new shadow health secretary has skewered Theresa May over her comments on foreign doctors, joking the Prime Minister could resort to launching ‘Go Home’ ambulances.

Jonathan Ashworth used his first Commons address since being promoted to jibe the government, accusing May of “scaremongering” for her suggestion migrant medics would not be welcome in Britain after 2025.

Tackling minister Philip Dunne at health questions on Tuesday, Ashworth said:

The minister says there was no rhetoric or scaremongering last week.

“Can he explain to the House what the Prime Minister meant when she said: ‘There will be staff here from overseas in that interim period until the further number of British doctors are able to be trained and come on board in terms of being able to work in our hospitals.’

“What did that mean and what should we expect next? Ambulances plastered with go home slogans?”

Ashworth was referring to the ‘Go Home’ van scheme launched by Theresa May when she was home secretary, which saw billboards mounted on trucks driven around London urging illegal immigrants in Britain to return home. 

The scheme was scrapped in October 2013 after May was reported to have decided it was unsuccessful. Only one person was voluntarily repatriated as a result of the campaign. 

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