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Boris Johnson pledges to reduce GP waiting times in first speech as Prime Minister


By Valeria Fiore
Reporter
25 July 2019

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Boris Johnson has outlined his priorities for health and social care, which include a pledge to fix the social care crisis ‘once and for all’, in his first speech as Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson said yesterday that he will also work to ensure people ‘don’t have to wait three weeks to see their GP’.

Mr Johnson said: ‘My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care and so I am announcing now – on the steps of Downing Street – that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.’

He added that work will commence this week to upgrade 20 hospitals, ‘ensuring that money for the NHS really does get to the frontline’.

However, the new Prime Minister – who promised Brexit by 31 October ‘no ifs or buts’ – failed to mention in his speech whether the NHS will receive the £350m a week promised by Brexit campaigners during the EU referendum, while giving no preview of how he intends to solve the social care crisis.

‘Desperately-needed action’

The British Geriatric Society and the Local Government Association welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to social care, eagerly waiting for further developments to deliver ‘the desperately-needed action the sector deserves’.

British charity Age UK also welcomed Mr Johnson’s statement, insisting that urgent action needs to follow his words.

More detail needed

The NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said that more detail is needed on how Mr Johnson intends to reverse the social care crisis, ‘alongside other welcome pledges to upgrade hospitals and to speed up waiting times to see GPs’.

He added: ‘The NHS urgently needs extra capital investment to improve the quality of our buildings, infrastructure and electronic patient records so it is encouraging to hear that this is high up his list of priorities. We will be writing to the new PM about this in the coming weeks.’

 

 

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