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UK PM Johnson ready to fast-track health funding to meet Brexit pledge -source

Reuters | London | Updated: 04-08-2019 14:05 IST | Created: 04-08-2019 14:03 IST
UK PM Johnson ready to fast-track health funding to meet Brexit pledge -source
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to fast-track funding for Britain's public health service, a source close to his team said on Sunday, part of the new leader's push to meet Brexit pledges made in the 2016 referendum.

A source said the government was planning to bring forward an earlier commitment made by his predecessor Theresa May to give the National Health Service (NHS) an additional 20 billion pounds by 2023.

Johnson, a figurehead for the "Leave" campaign in the referendum, promoted the idea that Britain could spend 350 million pounds a week on the NHS if the country left the EU, being photographed next to the slogan on a "Vote Leave" bus.

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