Government health team update

Government health team update

June 14, 2017

Jeremy Hunt MP will continue in his role as Secretary of State for Health, it has been confirmed, and two junior ministers have today (Wednesday 14th June) been appointed.

Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester, have been appointed as junior ministers at the Department of Health, but their ministerial responsibilities have not yet been confirmed. It is likely that one will take on the pharmacy brief and PSNC will update its website as soon as the pharmacy minister is confirmed. 

Mr Brine has served as Jeremy Hunt’s Parliamentary Private Secretary for two years and is a journalist by background, whilst Ms Doyle-Price is a former assistant whip, with a background in public administration.

Other health ministers who remained in the Department following the reshuffle are Philip Dunne MP and Lord O’Shaughnessy.

PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe commented:

“Now that Jeremy Hunt has been given the opportunity to re-engage with those who work in the health and care system, we hope that he will take the time to reflect on the benefits of using pharmacy to help in the crisis confronting the NHS and seek to work differently with the sector going forward. PSNC will want to meet with Mr Hunt and the health minister responsible for pharmacy at the earliest opportunity, to ensure they develop policies that develop the community pharmacy service.”

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