Naga wished to know if the MP had ‘fought’ for the NHS to be exempt from any pay freezes that could be introduced.
Her query got here after Hancock used his interview to thank NHS workers for his or her onerous work throughout the ongoing well being disaster.
He repeatedly dodged her query, explaining that it was an ‘inside’ matter and everybody must wait to hear from the chancellor Rishi Sunak.
After all Naga pressed him additional and tried her finest to get a straight response from him, making for some awkward moments because it grew to become extra apparent Hancock wouldn’t be answering immediately.
Naga mentioned: ‘I’m asking you what you might be preventing for within the NHS across the desk at a cupboard assembly. Have you ever fought for NHS employees to be exempt from the pay freeze? Whether or not it occurs or not, you’ll be able to’t inform me, however have you ever fought for it?’
Naga Munchetty quizzed Matt Hancock on pay freezes (Image: BBC)
Hancock replied: ‘I’m not going to enter inside discussions, however you know the way a lot I worth NHS employees, however I’m afraid I’m going to respect cupboard confidentiality and let the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out the small print.’
Naga learn out an e-mail from a viewer which in contrast an NHS pay freeze throughout the pandemic to ‘freezing military pay when there’s a warfare taking place’.
Once more Hancock mentioned we must wait till subsequent week to ‘set out the total particulars’.
Hancock defined it as an ‘inside’ problem (Image: BBC)
Her interview was appreciated by BBC Breakfast viewers on Friday morning, who praised the usually no-nonsense newsreader for ‘taking him aside’.
‘Honest play to naga for pushing him on the NHS pay freeze problem,’ one viewer commented on Twitter, including that Hancock ‘regarded as uncomfortable as I’ve seen him but’.
‘Maintain calling them out Naga,’ mentioned one other whereas one remark learn: ‘Naga on type this morning turning the screws on Matt Hancock.’
Naga’s interview was appreciated by viewers (Image: BBC)
One viewer mentioned: ‘GO NAGA!!!! DON’T TAKE HIS NONSENSE!!!! THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!!’
‘Naga is sort of a canine with a bone, she’s not letting @MattHancock away with something!!! Good stuff!!!’ wrote one other.
‘She is doing a fantastic job holding them to account, lengthy Might it proceed,’ mentioned one viewer.
One one that significantly relished the awkward second tweeted: ‘She performed a blinder with that Matt Hancock interview. She was like a cat toying with a mouse.
‘It’s usually painful to observe Hancock squirm in interviews, however this one was significantly cringeworthy. Naga achieved good.’
BBC Breakfast airs day by day at 6am on BBC One.