Naga wanted to know if the MP had ‘fought’ for the NHS to be exempt from any pay freezes that may be announced.
Her question came after Hancock used his interview to thank NHS staff for their hard work during the ongoing health crisis.
He repeatedly dodged her question, explaining that it was an ‘internal’ matter and everyone would have to wait to hear from the chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Of course Naga pressed him further and tried her best to get a straight response from him, making for some awkward moments as it became more obvious Hancock wouldn’t be answering directly.
Naga said: ‘I’m asking you what you are fighting for in the NHS around the table at a cabinet meeting. Have you fought for NHS workers to be exempt from the pay freeze? Whether it happens or not, you can’t tell me, but have you fought for it?’
Hancock replied: ‘I’m not going to go into internal discussions, but you know how much I value NHS workers, but I’m afraid I am going to respect cabinet confidentiality and let the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out the details.’
Naga read out an email from a viewer which compared an NHS pay freeze during the pandemic to ‘freezing army pay when there’s a war happening’.
Again Hancock said we would have to wait until next week to ‘set out the full details’.
Her interview was appreciated by BBC Breakfast viewers on Friday morning, who praised the typically no-nonsense newsreader for ‘taking him apart’.
‘Fair play to naga for pushing him on the NHS pay freeze issue,’ one viewer commented on Twitter, adding that Hancock ‘looked as uncomfortable as I’ve seen him yet’.
‘Keep calling them out Naga,’ said another while one comment read: ‘Naga on form this morning turning the screws on Matt Hancock.’
One viewer said: ‘GO NAGA!!!! DON’T TAKE HIS NONSENSE!!!! THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!!’
‘Naga is like a dog with a bone, she’s not letting @MattHancock away with anything!!! Brilliant stuff!!!’ wrote another.
‘She is doing a great job holding them to account, long May it continue,’ said one viewer.
One person who particularly relished the awkward moment tweeted: ‘She played a blinder with that Matt Hancock interview. She was like a cat toying with a mouse.
‘It’s often painful to watch Hancock squirm in interviews, but this one was particularly cringeworthy. Naga done good.’
BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.