APPG elects new chair and officers

APPG elects new chair and officers

July 22, 2020

Last week the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) held its Annual General Meeting, where former health minister Jackie Doyle-Price, Conservative MP for Thurrock, was elected as the new Chair 

Baroness Cumberlege, Lord Clement-Jones and Julian Sturdy, Conservative MP for York Outer, remain as officers of the Group and have been joined by Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West.  

A host of new MPs elected at the 2019 General Election have also joined the Group as officers, including:  

  • Paul Bristow, Conservative MP for Peterborough 
  • Jason McCartney, Conservative MP for Colne Valley 
  • Feryal Clark, Labour MP for Enfield North  
  • Taiwo Owatemi, Labour MP for Coventry North West 

Following the AGM, the Parliamentarians heard a short update from sector representatives about the role of community pharmacy in the next phase of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In the year ahead, the APPG will continue to engage with topical and pressing issues affecting pharmacy, including the sector’s response to COVID-19 and how it can help tackle winter pressures.  

Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group, commented: 

“I am delighted to serve as Chair of this important and long-standing APPG. The current challenges caused by COVID-19 have reinforced the critical role that community pharmacies play across the UK as the third pillar of our national health service alongside GPs and A&E. Beyond just dispensing medicines, pharmacies are many people’s first point of contact with the NHS, providing vital services to keep people healthy.  

“In the year ahead, I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities to strengthen the role of pharmacists in the health system, capitalising on their clinical expertise to reduce pressures on GPs and hospitals and support the prevention of ill-health. The All-Party Pharmacy Group is preparing a fantastic programme of work and I look forward to working with colleagues across both Houses to support the pharmacy sector at this crucial time for the NHS.” 



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