MSPs and candidates sign manifesto pledge

The RPS Scotland manifesto pledge has received widespread support from MSPs and candidates from the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour and SNP. 14 MSPs and candidates have signed the manifesto pledge to show their support for Scottish pharmacists. The pledge states:
“If elected, I will work to support my constituents’ health by ensuring that:
-          Everyone in Scotland has access to pharmacists’ expertise in medicines and are able to receive pharmaceutical care regardless of setting
-          Pharmacists’ clinical knowledge of medicines use and medicines interactions, unique within the health professions, is fully utilised to improve patient safety and deliver better health outcomes for the public, resulting in a more effective NHS.”
Supporters for the pledge include:
  • Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Southern
  • Margaret Burgess, Minister for Housing & Welfare and SNP MSP for Cunninghame South
  • Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservatives Health Spokesperson and MSP and candidate for Eastwood
  • Jim Eadie, MSP for Edinburgh Southern and SNP candidate for Lothian
  • Kate Forbes, SNP candidate for Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch
  • Lee Lyons, Scottish Conservative candidate for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley
  • Lewis Macdonald, Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland and candidate for Aberdeen Central
  • Ruth Maguire, Irvine West Councillor and SNP Candidate for Cunninghame South
  • Gillian Martin, SNP candidate for Aberdeenshire East
  • Duncan McNeil, Scottish Labour MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Convenor of the Health and Sport Committee
  • Oliver Mundell, Scottish Conservatives candidate for Dumfriesshire
  • John Scott, Scottish Conservatives MSP and candidate for Ayr
  • Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
  • Maree Todd, SNP candidate for the Highlands and Islands and clinical pharmacist at New Craigs hospital in Inverness
Many of the signatures were collected at the party conferences, where RPS Scotland have been representing members over the past few weeks. We have also been hosting a series of pharmacy visits, including one with Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison, to demonstrate the fantastic work carried out by our members.
You can find our priorities for Scottish pharmacy in our manifesto. Join the conversation online with #pharmacysp16.

If you would like your MSP or candidate to show their support for pharmacy, check out our Local Advocacy Toolkit for advice.