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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.

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Readers' comments (36)

  • @Christopher Ho
    What bollocks. Real terms funding has gone down while the challenges the NHS faces - mainly age related - have gone up.
    Your solution is to break it further.

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  • A call to Trump and we'll have a yankee invasion of what was that - noctors? no,or do they call them physician associates straight from hameryka?
    5000 is easy and he'll be the 3rd Tory in a row with that promise. They do say you get it right the 3rd time - or very wrong, for that matter.

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  • For those readers not well-versed in dissecting politico-speak let me highlight a couple of features of the esteemed Mr Johnsons blatherings:

    1.By ensuring the incompetent Hancocks retention of his job it will come to pass that the 3 week wait to see the GP will no longer exist, as the wait will be extended to five weeks.

    2. When it is ones position that the elderly do not deserve much in the way of either dignity nor security one can readily deliver on the promise made by cutting their provision back even further.

    All it needs is a "can do" attitude folks.

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  • But long queues at Dover after no deal Brexit ?
    No hat and no rabbits just hot air!
    Proper funding of primary care would help and ditching all the time consuming meetings and work of limited clinical value would make a significant difference
    There is a large retired work force who might be tempted to work 1 or 2 days a week for the right deal and support
    We need to support retain reward and incentivise GPs much more until more are trained
    Jeremy *unt and his idea of GPs doing penance for the 2004 deal was crazy
    If the MP s shadow clinicians in the front line they might just ‘get it’

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  • |Angus Podgorny | GP Partner/Principal|25 Jul 2019 11:15am

    Completely ignoring the bit about mortgaging our children's futures.....

    Yes, break it further... as socialism is a failed system. Need I elaborate? Again?

    Age-related: oh you mean gold plated pensions promised by and for state workers... Great idea, give the state more money to spend frivolously...

    Angus, there is nothing stopping YOU from giving MORE to the state. You just want to compel everyone else to do it for you, however harmful it is to everyone, simply to virtue signal your moral ego.

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  • And on Day 2 he will solve world poverty.

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  • WHAT AN ARSE!
    Will this comment be removed or will pulse agree

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  • Bulls@@t Boris will be hitting the buffers quite quickly.What shall we give him in office?90 days anyone.

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  • I cannot stop laughing. At least he did not mention 5000 GPs again. Perhaps just one GP? It does help, although not in a big way.

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  • Solution is simple. Allow. GPs to do some limited private work bit like consultants. Yes some will try to game it but it will take the baby boomers out of the queue and boost income at once. In the absence of this then encourage networks to set up a private arm,

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