JOHNSON TO USE QUEEN\'S SPEECH TO PUSH FOCUS ONTO NHS AND DOMESTIC ISSUES

JOHNSON TO USE QUEEN'S SPEECH TO PUSH FOCUS ONTO NHS AND DOMESTIC ISSUES

The Queen will outline her Government's plans for the year ahead

Boris Johnson will try to use the Queen's Speech to push his agenda beyond Brexit and on to the NHS and community issues.

The Prime Minister intends to put the health service at the heart of the Government's legislative programme alongside moves to finally force through EU withdrawal by the end of January.

Mr Johnson said he wanted to use the set-piece parliamentary occasion on Thursday to put forward an agenda also centred on law and order, infrastructure and education.

The Government will enshrine in law a commitment on NHS funding, with an extra £33.9 billion per year provided by 2023/24, Mr Johnson said.

The Queen's Speech will also include proposed legislation to abolish hospital car parking charges for "those in greatest need" - likely to include disabled people, parents of sick children staying overnight, and staff working night shifts.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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