Prime Minister Theresa May has pointed to the NHS long-term plan, and the funding for mental health, as one of her major achievements in office.
She announced she was resigning as Prime Minister on 7 June after MPs failed to back her Brexit agreement.
Talking about the NHS, Ms May said her role gave her a unique opportunity to ‘put proper funding for mental health at the heart of the long-term plan.’
She said: ‘The unique privilege of this office is to use this platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight the burning injustices that still scar our society.
‘That is why I put proper funding for mental health, at the heart of the NHS long-term plan.’
Speaking in Downing Street today, Theresa May revealed her decision to resign due to her inability to deliver Brexit.
She said: ‘I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protect jobs, our security and our union. I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so. I tried three times. I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odd against success seemed high.’
She added: ‘But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort. So I am today announcing I will resign as leader of the Conservatives and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen.’
The process to elect a new leader will begin in the week following Ms May’s resignation.
Earlier this month, Ms May committed to recruit an extra 5,000 GPs to the NHS ‘as soon as possible’.