Nurses are outraged by London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson’s latest gaffe, after he thanked ‘gorgeous Carry On style nurses’ for educating him about the diabetes epidemic facing the capital.
Mr Johnson made the comment in a speech given at The Ideas Space in London on Monday about reforming the London Health Commission.
The MP for Henley on Thames said: ‘I recently went to Lewisham and submitted to the attentions of a gorgeous Carry On style nurse who tested me for Diabetes under a Diabetes UK programme… I had no idea that diabetes was now the UK's third biggest killer after cancer and heart attack.’
Gail Adams, head of nursing at UNISON said: “Nurses will be angry at Mr Johnson’s stereotypical attitude, he needs to be aware that we are living in 2007 not 1967.
“Nurses are subjected to sexual harassment and these comments only re-enforce a comedy attitude to nurses. Why could he not simply comment that he had received excellent care from a brilliant nurse?”
Ms Adams added: 'Perhaps he [Johnson] needs reminding that nurses will be deciding who to vote for in next year’s mayoral election. Offensive comments of that nature do not secure votes.'
Earlier this year a fundraising calendar to save a hospital produced by Tory MPs, featuring nurses posing in provocative uniforms, provoked similar criticism.