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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.

26 September 2019

NHS recommendations to government and parliament for an NHS bill

NHS England set out proposals for a ‘highly targeted bill’, aiming to remove legislative barriers to integration and enable implementation of the Long Term Plan.

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.

17 March 2020

‘Next steps on NHS response to COVID-19’ letter

Leaders of the NHS in England set out extensive changes to NHS services to prepare to treat large numbers of inpatients with COVID-19 and limit the spread of the disease.

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.

29 April 2020

‘Second phase of NHS response to COVID-19’ letter

Leaders of the NHS in England outlined measures to start reopening some services which had been paused in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

31 December 2020

End of the Brexit transition period

The change to the UK’s relationship with the EU had wide-ranging implications for health and social care in England, including on international recruitment and supply and regulation of medicines.