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Dancing on Ice: John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo hit back at accusations injuries are putting ‘additional strain on NHS’

Dancing on Ice judges John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo have responded to criticism that the show is putting ‘additional strain on the NHS’ due to cast members being sent to hospital.

Over the past couple of weeks, a number of celebs and professionals skaters have been rushed to A&E because of injuries.

Following Sunday’s episode, viewers hit out at the programme for overwhelming the NHS after a string of accidents left celebrities seeking emergency medical care.

Speaking to and other press about the criticism, John explained that if any of the cast injure themselves they are sent to the show’s medical team first and if it’s deemed to be more serious, they decide where to go from there.

‘The NHS is the most important thing in the world at the moment and the frontline workers are taking care of people who are sick and infected in the COVID situation,’ he told us.

‘It’s not thought of lightly when they have to take someone to the emergency room and there’s no special treatment that is given. They’re in line with everybody else so I’m not sure how to respond to those people, there’s always going to be people who criticise it.’

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John and Ashley have stepped in to defend the show (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/REX)

The showman went on to add that people would criticise the show regardless of what they did, but they are ‘trying to do the best’ they can.

‘You have to look after people’s health,’ he continued. ‘They’d be criticising (us) if we said we left them on the ice and we let them lie in pain for six hours.

‘We’re trying to do the best we can in the situation that we’ve been given and also respecting the time and the work that everybody in the NHS is putting in.’

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Poor Yebin had to spend the night in hospital (Picture:@yebinmok/Instagram)

Just a few days before the first show, dance pro Yebin Mok was admitted to hospital when former Olympic skier Graham Bell fell over and cut her leg.

Denise Van Outen dislocated her shoulder while rehearsing with professional partner Matt Evers. However, she was still able to perform on Sunday’s show despite the injury.

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Denise wore a bandage on her arm during Sunday’s performance (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/REX)

Rebekah Vardy also inadvertently cut her partner Andy Buchanan’s face with her ice skate while rehearsing their routine.

Diversity star Ashley emphasised that it is not just people’s health that is being affected during the pandemic.

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John said viewers would criticise the show no matter what (Picture: ITV)

He said: ‘I think right now the country is going to suffer with mental health, I think they’re going to suffer economically.

‘There are a lot of things on the table here and every time that we (the celebs) go out somebody puts themselves on the line.

‘They’re actually going out there to entertain people on a Sunday night, they’re going out there to earn a living to pay their mortgage, to put food on their table for their families.

‘I don’t think people should be so quick to judge what other people are doing and whether it’s worth it or not.’

The dad-of-two added: ‘We’re out there and entertaining people and hopefully making people feel better and to escape the rubbish that’s going on in the world.

‘If that means that there’s a nurse that has to look at a bruised shoulder for half an hour…just be real for a moment.’

Dancing on Ice returns on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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