Boris Johnson irks fellow UK politicians with demand for health spending


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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been reprimanded by Prime Minister Theresa May and other cabinet members after breaking ranks with the rest of the governing cabinet to publicly demand an additional £100m per week in funding for the National Health Service (NHS).

Johnson, long a maverick and suspected by rivals to want May’s job, is reported to have been reminded by May and other colleagues that cabinet discussions should take place behind closed doors.

Johnson, a former Mayor of London universally known as “Boris” was “reminded” by Chancellor (finance minister) Philip Hammond that his role is not that of Health Secretary. — overseeing the NHS which provides universal health care free at the point of use.

Johnson previously gave an interview where he said that the NHS should be prioritized when the UK “takes back control” of the money sent to the European Union under the terms of its departure from the EU. He went on to argue  that the £350m promised to the NHS by the Leave campaign was potentially an underestimate and could be as high as £438m.

The UK’s public health service is experiencing its worst crisis in recent memory, with longer waiting times than ever and 24 hospital trusts announcing that they have no free beds for patients. It is a politically charged issue with the NHS long regarded as a national treasure and with the Conservative government holding only a tiny majority in parliament against a resurgent Labour Party.

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These news stubs were written by students at De Montfort University at an event with staff journalists from WikiTribune

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