HEREFORD County Hospital has been asked about its staff voting for Matt Hancock in the latest series of the popular ITV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

The politician's appearance on the show proved controversial and the Conservative Party suspended the whip for Hancock after he signed up to travel to Australia.

The former health secretary was paid £320,000 to go on the show and he finished third on November 27, 2022.


But a freedom of information (FOI) request has forced the Wye Valley NHS Trust, which runs Hereford County Hospital and community hospitals, to reveal how many times staff voted for Hancock.

The request, not made by the Hereford Times, asked the trust to reveal how many times and on what date the number 09020 44 24 11 was dialled from a phone belonging to the NHS trust.

That was the number viewers could call from a landline to keep Hancock in the jungle. An app could be used on a mobile phone, or a different, shorter, number.


The trust said it had searched mobile phone contracts, with Vodafone and EE, and that there was no record of any device calling that number during the three-month period covering the ITV show airing.

But it said it couldn't answer the question in relation to landline phones.

The work to look at more than 800 phones would take too long, with a limit of 18 hours on FOI requests, the trust said.

It had been told by its phone supplies that it would take 32 hours to review each phone and then a further 16+ hours to extrapolate the data from the raw data.