'Good Morning Britain' star Kate Garraway claps back at claims she said NHS should be privatised

Host Kate Garraway on stage at the Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kate Garraway said she didn't say the NHS should be privatised. (Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)

Kate Garraway has set the record straight after rumours that she called for the NHS to be privatised started circulating.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, waded in on Twitter following a post saying that she was advocating privatisation.

“Ok - before this gets a life of its own from whoever originally misheard… I didn’t, at any point say the NHS should be privatised or anything even like it?!! Ever,” she tweeted.

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Several people had expressed their surprise after the story – which apparently stemmed from a discussion on GMB - started doing the rounds online, questioning Garraway supporting privatisation after her husband Derek Draper’s NHS treatment.

Draper spent more than a year in hospital after falling ill with the coronavirus and now needs round the clock care.

One person tweeted: “That cannot be right... after all the love care and attention her husband got from the #NHS surely not @kategarraway.”

Another said that they were “surprised by Garraway given the extensive care given to her family”.

“She’d be stuck with a massive bill under a privatised system," they added.

One viewer asked the TV star: “Please tell me you are not in favour of privatisation of the NHS.”

Kate Garraway being kissed by husband Derek Draper at the 2007 National Televsision Awards (NTA's) at the Royal Albert Hall, west London.
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper in 2007. (PA)

Garraway – who shares two children with Draper - also commented when another person tweeted: “@kategarraway did you really just support privatisation of the NHS? If you did I hope you paid for your husband’s Covid treatment yourselves.”

“Nope I didn’t xxx,” she replied.

Others told the star she had their support.

“Aww Kate, there will always be people who hear what they want to hear or make things up just to get a reaction,” one fan tweeted.

“These people aren’t even worth your time. You have 99.9% of the UK backing you, Derek and your family.”

“Rise above it,” urged another.

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Yahoo has contacted representatives for Garraway for comment.

Watch: Kate Garraway shows Derek Draper around her wellbeing garden