Jo Churchill MP becomes new Pharmacy Minister

Jo Churchill MP becomes new Pharmacy Minister

August 15, 2019

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, is the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. She has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, which includes pharmacy matters.

She replaces Seema Kennedy MP with her revised title including prevention, signalling HM Government’s commitment to advancing the prevention agenda.

Ms Churchill has been the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, since 2015. In 2017 she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Hunt, when he was Secretary of State for Health, and from 2018 she was Assistant Government Whip.

Although she voted for the imposition in 2016, she has otherwise been broadly supportive of the pharmacy sector in parliamentary debates, and has also made many local pharmacy visits.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“PSNC would like to congratulate and welcome the new Minister to her role. We look forward to meeting her at the earliest opportunity and to continuing to work collaboratively with both her and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to ensure that community pharmacies can contribute fully to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. There is much to do to put the recently announced five-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) into practice and we will ensure that Ms Churchill is fully briefed on both the challenges ahead for community pharmacies and the vital and valuable roles they play in their local communities.”

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