Moment Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf falls off scooter while racing through Holyrood as aide runs with crutches

THIS is the moment the Scottish Health Secretary decks it off a mobility scooter at Holyrood – as he races to discuss the ambulance crisis in Scotland.

Humza Yousaf took an unfortunate tumble in the main corridor next to Holyrood's debating chamber on Thursday morning.

TV cameras were stationed to capture MSPs ahead of First Minister’s Questions.

Mr Yousaf, who has been using the mobility transport since rupturing his achilles tendon playing badminton, was arriving to answer questions from MSPs on Scotland's ambulance crisis.

And the cameras picked up the moment the SNP minister was sent flying from the scooter – while an aide ran behind him holding a pair of crutches.

Glenn Campbell, political editor for BBC Scotland, shared the clip on Twitter.

He posted it on Twitter with the caption, “The health secretary @HumzaYousaf does not appear to be having a good day at work…”

However Mr Yousaf was rather displeased with the political editor’s tweet.

Taking to social media himself, he said there was “no need” to share the video.

He posted: “All for media scrutiny & never shy away from it.

“Just not sure there is need or purpose to tweet out a video of me falling over while injured.

“If anyone else had fallen over while on crutches, a knee scooter, or in a wheelchair would your first instinct be to film it & tweet out?”

But this was a very different reaction than the one he had after Douglas Ross was caught on camera falling in 2018.

At the time, he tweeted: “Best moment of the 2nd half – Douglas Ross MP decks it a belter!

“Can’t wait to see the meme…”

Social media users have had a similar reaction to Mr Yousaf’s unfortunate fall.

One person commented: “Brilliant. The gift that keeps on giving.”

Another said: “Swear a thought this was a parody video.”

Someone else posted: “Denmark's Health Minister gets about on a space hopper apparently.”

It comes after Mr Yousaf was accused of risking lives for telling sick Scots to think twice before calling an ambulance.

The SNP cabinet minister was branded “reckless” for his call amid major strain on the 999 response service, which has seen average waits for paramedics hit six hours.

He warned the NHS was facing an “extraordinarily difficult winter”, and said people who were “picking up the phone to call 999 to call an ambulance” should consider if this is “absolutely critical”.


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