PSNC Statement on General Election Result

PSNC Statement on General Election Result

December 13, 2019

The Conservative Party has won a majority in the 2019 General Election and will form the next Government. With just a handful of seats left to be declared, the Conservatives have won 364 seats and so Boris Johnson will remain Prime Minister.

It is expected that the leadership of other parties may be subject to change but that won’t impact on PSNC’s plans to reach out to individual MPs to attempt to gain or reaffirm their support. Many new MPs will be entering Parliament and we look forward to working with them to promote the pharmacy sector and all that it has to offer. We will also continue to help LPCs engage with their new and returning MPs, with updated resources and guidance to be published in the new year.

Whilst a number of key existing community pharmacy supporters have retained their seats, the Shadow Community Health Minister responsible for pharmacy and long-time advocate for the sector, Julie Cooper, lost her seat in Burnley. Both Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Pharmacy Minister Jo Churchill did retain their seats as MPs, but a Cabinet reshuffle is likely and we will keep you updated on their ministerial roles.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“Congratulations to all our new and returning MPs. Many tried to label this as the ‘Brexit election’ but concerns around the future of the NHS were also at the forefront of campaigning. Our aim now must be to help show how community pharmacy can be better utilised to reduce the pressures elsewhere in the NHS.

My team and I will continue to work closely with Mr Johnson’s new Government to develop the community pharmacy service, building on the foundation set out in the five-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.”



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