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23 July 2019

Boris Johnson named as prime minister

Following Theresa May’s resignation, Boris Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt to become leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister of the UK.

March 2020–February 2022

First 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic response

The COVID-19 pandemic and government response had considerable, wide-ranging impacts on people’s health and health care services.

6 March 2020

Health and social care secretary letter to parliamentarians on social care

Matt Hancock wrote to MPs and peers across Westminster seeking to ‘begin the process of building a cross-party consensus on social care’.

25 March 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

The government legislated for wide-ranging measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the health and care sector.

15 April 2020

COVID-19 action plan for adult social care

The Department of Health and Social Care published a plan for the COVID-19 response in social care, including more diagnostic testing for care users and staff.

18 September 2020

‘Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: report on first phase of COVID-19 pandemic’

The taskforce set out learning from the pandemic response in social care so far and made recommendations to inform the ongoing response.

1 October 2020

Immigration health surcharge reimbursement scheme

Government introduced a scheme to refund visa charges for accessing the NHS for migrants who had worked in health and social care during the pandemic.

22 October 2020

Out of sight – who cares? Restraint, segregation and seclusion review

The health and social care regulator, the CQC, published a review into the use of restrictive practices in the care of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.

8 December 2020

Start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign

The largest vaccination campaign in NHS history began as Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.