A row broke out on GB News over suggestions that King Charles should join the NHS waiting list for his cancer treatment.
It comes after academic Dr Lisa McKenzie controversially branded the King’s immediate diagnosis an “insult”.
Taking issue with the assertion was former Tory MP Edwina Currie, who said that if the King can afford private treatment, he is entitled to receive it.
Kicking off the debate on GB News was McKenzie, who was asked by Patrick Christys whether her assessment of Charles’s diagnosis was “vile”.
Dr Lisa McKenzie and Edwina Currie clashed over whether Charles should receive NHS treatment
“I think it was true and honest”, she said.
“I noticed that lots of Conservatives and royalists jumped on it, but also a lot agreed with me.
“I’ve been asking people in my community, a mining community in Nottinghamshire, are telling me they agree with me. It’s annoying. It’s not so much that he is jumping the queue, no one expected him to go to the NHS, but what it has done is shown just how unfair and unequal the country is.”
Currie hit back: “You should campaign to see some improvements in the NHS in your area.
“The NHS is run extremely well in many parts of the country. We all want it to be better. If the King can afford to pay for private treatment, that is fine.
“What is Lisa saying? Is she saying that health insurance is wrong and employers shouldn’t be giving health insurance? They should never have a clinic within their workplace? We should somehow discourage anyone from ever doing anything that isn’t the NHS?
Edwina Currie and Dr Lisa McKenzie joined Patrick Christys on GB News
“That would be a nonsense. It would put an enormous additional burden on the NHS which it doesn’t need.”
Christys waded in on the debate to suggest Charles is “freeing a bed” while helping to pay for NHS doctors and nurses in the meantime through taxation, a claim branded a “poor argument” by McKenzie.
“We all pay our taxes”, she said. “Do I have a problem with a two-tier hospital system? I do.
“The health system has to be better. I used to teach nurses how to research.”
Currie interjected to suggest McKenzie should “go and do it again” to help raise funds for the NHS.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the King, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, does not have prostate cancer, saying only that he has a “form of cancer”.
He was diagnosed after a “separate issue of concern was noted” and investigated while he was being treated for his benign enlarged prostate.
The Palace has called for the King’s privacy to be respected, especially during his treatment, but said he wanted to make his diagnosis public because of his long-running support for cancer charities.