Prime Minister Boris Johnson will focus on ‘making access to NHS care quicker and easier’, as he moves on after winning a no-confidence vote.
In the vote held yesterday evening, 59% of Conservative MPs voted to say they still have confidence in the Prime Minister – however, 41% said they do not.
In a statement, the Government said Mr Johnson will address his Cabinet today to ‘pledge to continue delivering on what matters to the British people’.
The statement said he will ‘call on ministers to drive forward progress on the government’s priorities – easing financial pressures on families, making access to NHS care quicker and easier, making the streets safer and levelling up and uniting the country’.
Yesterday, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt came out against the Prime Minister in the confidence vote. He lost against Mr Johnson in the most recent Conservative leadership election, and is tipped as a top contender when the next one comes around.
The vote about Mr Johnson’s future as Prime Minister was triggered after a sufficient number of Tory MPs expressed their loss of confidence this weekend.
This followed the ‘Partygate’ scandal, which saw Mr Johnson attend drinks gatherings at Number 10 Downing Street during Covid lockdowns.
Mr Johnson was accused of having broken the ministerial code after he was fined by the Metropolitan police, despite earlier having told MPs in the House of Commons that no rules had been broken.
But Mr Johnson’s will be facing an uphill battle to improve GP waiting times, with his pledge coinciding with Pulse’s revelation today that half of the existing workforce is intending to retire at or before they reach 60.