Holly Willoughby chokes up on air and says its hard as she shares sad news

Holly Willoughby got choked up as she hosted Tuesday's edition of This Morning.

The 42-year-old was hosting the ITV daytime show with Irishman Craig Doyle and was discussing the news of the day with Gyles Brandreth and Sonia Sodha.

Kicking off Tuesday's show (September 19), the presenters talked about junior doctors and consultants taking to the picket lines together for the first time.

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Consultants will strike outside hospitals for four days in England starting today, with junior doctors joining them on Wednesday.

As a result of the strike action, hundreds of vital appointments have had to be cancelled as the NHS operates a so-called "Christmas Day service", with only essential surgeries being held.

The group began the subject by admitting that it would be "grim" for patients who have to go into hospital over the next few days.

Brandreth added that he believed the co-ordinated strike was "too much", saying that the public's patience was being tested.

Similarly, Sonia said that both doctors and the government are in the wrong and accused both of being "too hard line".

She admitted that "to be told your operation is cancelled" would be frustrating for patients.

"I just think neither the doctors nor government are behaving right here. We need settlement – they need to meet in the middle for the sake of patients," Sodha concluded.

Holly agreed with the sentiment, saying that patients are the ones missing out on vital treatment.

Willoughby then told the story of a friend's partner who fell ill recently after his appointment was cancelled due to strikes.

"I know somebody whose partner was meant to be having an operation and it got cancelled during one of the last strikes," Holly recalled.

"And then – literally, last week, he had a stroke. He's in hospital, he's in a very, very bad way.

Holly then started to choke up and get emotional at the situation.

"I think a lot of people say they sympathise with it. The problem is when you're watching a loved one go through something like that that potentially could have been avoided had that surgery happened when it was scheduled for the first time.

"They might be in a completely different situation. It's very hard, it's very hard," she finished.

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