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

The UK’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged to reduce GP waiting times and ‘fix the crisis’ in social care ‘once and for all’ in his first speech in the job.

The Conservative MP and former foreign secretary announced a series of priorities for his leadership, including reducing appointment waiting times and investing in secondary care. 

Speaking outside Downing Street, Mr Johnson, said: ‘My job is to make sure you don’t have to wait three weeks to see your GP and we start work this week with 20 new hospital upgrades and ensuring that the money in the NHS really does get to the front line.’

He added his commitment to fixing the cost of social care for ‘once and for all’.

He said: ‘My job is to protect you, or your parents, or your grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care. 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.’

It comes after a 15% increase in patients waiting a month for a GP appointment, according to a BMA report.

Recent official data showed that 5% of patients have to wait for a month to see their GP.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May, who officially left her position today, had previously heralded ‘proper funding for mental health’ as one of her major achievements while in office.

Readers' comments (36)

  • Good luck with that one!

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  • Announces end to long waits to see your GP and then in the same breath announces 20 new hospital upgrades - the two don't marry up.

    More of the same for the NHS and primary care it would seem...

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  • Given he is going to renegotiate Brexit when EU have said they aint going to renegotiate then pledges regarding GP appointments will be absolutely easy peasy to sort!

    More verbage, bluster and bilge: the show goes on!

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  • More reverse peristalsis from the trustworthy one.

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  • Good luck with that one matey. Being the fanatical socialist that you are we can safely expect the exact opposite of what you pledge.

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  • Cobblers

    Porcine aviation specialists in Whitehall announce their take off slots.

    More likely than GP waiting times coming down.

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  • Vinci Ho

    The interesting question is how long do you think the mojo of Bojo will last before it burns out , dude ?😜

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  • Unless of course the hospital upgrades mean secondary care actually start doing their own work which should reduce our waiting lists massively.

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  • Boris,be careful, make an appointment for your GP now, you might just get an appointment in time for when your government fall.A house built on BS has worse foundations than a house built on sand.Your current position is built on a shed load of the brown smelly stuff.As for me NO NO NO to your BS I am not helping you out.

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  • Jeremy Hunt also promised 5000 something, he has gone. After few years, you would also be not here to see your failed promise.

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