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Boris Johnson pledges to inject billions more into Covid-hit NHS to slash waiting times

BORIS Johnson will make fixing the Covid-hit NHS his top priority in the year ahead.

The PM will pump in billions of pounds to cut big waiting lists which grew as hospitals fought the virus.

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Boris Johnson will make the NHS his top priority in the year ahead

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Boris Johnson will make the NHS his top priority in the year aheadCredit: Getty – Pool

Action to speed up diagnosis and treatment for other illnesses will be at the heart of the Queen’s Speech this week.

Mr Johnson said: “My government is focused on beating this disease, saving lives and livelihoods.

“But I am also determined we fulfil the promises we made to the British people.”

Around 4.7million people have been hit by the NHS backlog.

The PM wants to cut big waiting lists which grew during the pandemic

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The PM wants to cut big waiting lists which grew during the pandemicCredit: Alamy

The Government is giving additional NHS Covid support of ÂŁ92billion over the next two years.

And the PM is providing ÂŁ325million for diagnostics equipment and ÂŁ1billion to kick-start elective services.

The Queen’s Speech will also include supporting jobs, business, the economy, fighting crime and a greener UK.

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