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Boris Johnson visits Royal Cornwall Hospital in first West Country visit as Prime Minister

The Conservative leader is announcing his plans to improve immunisation at the hospital in Treliske.

Boris Johnson is visiting the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske to announce plans to improve immunisation.

It's his first visit to the region since becoming Prime Minister - and he's taking the opportunity to promise change for the region, admitting that the South West's unique needs have not been properly met by previous governments “for many years".

Well, as probably the country’s first half-Cornish Prime Minister I say that has to change and that is going to change. It’s time to level up the South West and give this great region the recognition and support it deserves.

– Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, writing in Western Morning News

Mr Johnson plans to lay out a number of ways the Government wants to improve vaccination rates, including for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

He will also outline plans to boost the number of children and young people receiving vaccinations.

The trip to the South West is part of a a series of visits to hospitals across the country.

The trip to the South West is part of a series of visits to hospitals across the country.

He will meet local doctors and nurses serving on the front line and speak to them about what support they think the NHS needs.

Boris Johnson visited Cornwall in 2016 as part of the Vote Leave campaign.

The UK lost its 'Measles-free' status three years after the virus was eliminated.

The number of children who receive the top-up MMR jab is 87%, which the Government says, is likely to have impacted the spread of the virus.

The number of children who receive the top-up jab is 87%.

Losing our ‘measles-free’ status is a stark reminder of how important it is that every eligible person gets vaccinated. Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man. Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is always at risk. Making it as easy as possible for parents to access vaccines so that they can offer their children the best possible start in life is a priority for us, DHSC and for NHS England.

– Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England