Gordon Brown was today accosted by a woman outraged at the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis, during a visit to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.
The Chancellor was challenged by Linda Smith, of Kingswinford, near Dudley, who was angry after televisions were removed from the Cystic Fibrosis ward of the hospital without notice on Monday. Mr Brown's own son suffers from cystic fibrosis.
Mrs Smith said her 24-year-old son, Greg, was a patient on the ward waiting for a liver transplant. She said sufferers spent hours in their rooms and now had nothing to entertain them.
She said: "Children spend their last weeks and months of their lives on that ward. They can’t go out because of the risk of infection.
"The fact that they (Patientline) have pulled the plug is criminal."
Patientline provides telephone lines and TV services in hospitals around the country.