‘I absolutely love my job’ says Boris on visit to Taunton

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Rutherford Diagnostic Centre. Rutherford Diagnostic. The Prime Minister Boris Johnsons visits Rutherford Diagnostic Centre in Taunton. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still loving the job of leading the country according to an interview he gave today (20th January) in Taunton.

The Prime Minister was given a tour of the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre on the town’s Blackbrook Business Park and when a reporter from Somerset’s County Gazette asked if he still liked his job, the PM was quick to respond saying:

“It’s the biggest privilege in the world. I absolutely love the job.”

“We’re specifically ruthlessly concentrating on things people want us to do. We got elected two years ago or so to deliver change and level up across the country.”

Mr Johnson added:

“We have come through, I hope, the worst of the pandemic now, moving from Plan B back to Plan A.

“We’ve removed a lot of restrictions and rules.

“But it’s left a huge number of people who didn’t get the treatment needed. We’re focussed on health care.”

Whilst in Taunton, the PM praised local Conservative MP Rebecca Pow describing her as “an absolutely fantastic MP and a formidable campaigner for Taunton and Somerset, as well as a great Minister.”

Mr Johnson added: “She has an amazing record of delivery for the people of Somerset.”

The Prime Minister then took a tour around the state of the art diagnostic centre and praised the collaboration between Rutherford and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust for delivering such a “fantastic” establishment.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnsons visits Rutherford Diagnostic Centre in Taunton. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

During his visit, the PM said he was focused on clearing medical backlogs aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic saying:

“I am focused on what I think is the number one issue for British people and it is clearing the Covid backlogs, but also looking at what we can do with new techniques.”

Mr Johnson said diagnostics were part of the problem and that the government was looking ‘absolutely ruthlessly’ at waiting lists.

Rutherford Diagnostics provides diagnostic services from the centre in Taunton which offers Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound and X-Ray on equipment provided by Rutherford’s technology partner, Philips.

Sean Sullivan, CEO of Rutherford Healthcare, said:

“We’d like to thank the Prime Minister for visiting us today – the centre is unique and plays an important role in helping to meet the need for diagnostic provision.

“We are working in a truly integrated way with the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and this is delivering a real benefit to patients on a daily basis.

“During today’s visit we also explained to the Prime Minister that we were looking to support the NHS further by offering diagnostic and cancer treatment services at all of our five centres across the UK on a not-for-profit basis.”

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