New Prime Minister and Health Secretary appointed
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PSNC has begun work to engage with the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, welcoming them to their roles and ensuring they are aware of the immense value of the community pharmacy sector.
Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, was formally appointed as Prime Minister by HM the Queen yesterday and shortly after began composing her Cabinet. Ms Truss has had several cabinet positions in the last three Conservative governments since 2012, most recently as Foreign Secretary.
Thérèse Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, replacing Steve Barclay. Dr Coffey has previously worked as a Government whip and, most recently, as the Work and Pensions Secretary. She also becomes Deputy Prime Minister.
PSNC has already been in contact with this new Government team to ensure they know both the value of community pharmacy, and the critical challenges that contractors are currently facing as the economic outlook worsens. We have highlighted the immense pressures that pharmacies are under, whilst also making clear that there is still a wealth of untapped potential in community pharmacy, should it be properly resourced and supported.
PSNC Chief Executive Janet Morrison said:
“PSNC would like to welcome both Liz and Thérèse to their new positions. The community pharmacy sector will be looking to them both in helping pharmacy to reach its full potential to support patients and the NHS, while recognising and alleviating the enormous pressures that the entire network now faces. We look forward to working with this new Government to address these challenges.”
UPDATE: PSNC understands that Minister of State Will Quince, MP for Colchester, has been given the pharmacy brief.