Ashley Banjo blasts troll who says Dancing On Ice is ‘overwhelming the NHS’ due to injuries on the show

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Ashley Banjo has blasted trolls who say Dancing On Ice is “overwhelming the NHS”, telling them to “look at your own life”.

The judge’s comments came after Denise Van Outen was rushed to hospital after dislocating her elbow in her training, while Rebekah Vardy’s pro Andy Buchanan and Graham Bell’s pro Yebin Mok both received horror cuts from their celebrity partners’ skates.

The NHS has been increasingly stretched in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Ashley has hit back at those complaining about the ITV show and told them that the contestants are putting “themselves on the line” to “entertain people”.

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The Diversity star said: “It annoys me when people start calling people out. Just look at your own life for a second.

"Let everyone be. Just be sensible and let's get through this in the best way we can.

"Every time someone puts themselves on the line they're actually going out there to entertain people on a Sunday night.

"They are going out to earn a living and put bread on the table for their families and pay their mortgage.”

Ashley continued: "I don't think people should be so quick to judge what people are doing and whether it's worth it or not.

"They are going out there entertaining people and hopefully help people to escape the rubbish that's going on in the world and if that means there's a nurse who has to look at someone's bruised shoulder for half an hour then just be real for a moment."

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He added: "What people have to remember is that it isn't just Covid and the pandemic that affects you.

“Right now the country is going to suffer with its mental health and economically. My kids are nearly two and they haven't even been in a big play group. There are a lot of things on the table now."

Ashley’s fellow judge, actor John Barrowman, went on to explain that Dancing On Ice has its own medics who assess the contestant’s injuries and decide if they are bad enough to need hospital treatment.

John revealed: "It's not taken lightly when it's decided they're going to hospital.

"There's no special treatment, they're in line with everybody else.

"There are always going to be people who criticise it, but you have to look after people's health. They would be criticising if we left them lying on the ice for six hours.”

The Doctor Who star continued: "We're trying to do our best in a situation we have been given and also respecting the time and work that everybody in the NHS is putting in.

"The NHS is the most important thing in our world at the moment and the frontline workers who are taking care of our sick and infected."

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