RPS England responds to appointment of new Health Secretary

This is a crucial time for the health service, says Sandra Gidley

Responding on the appointment of Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sandra Gidley, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board, said:

"This is a crucial time for the health service and we look forward to working with Matthew Hancock, his Department and NHS England as they move forward on developing a long-term plan for the NHS.

"We know that the NHS needs to make the most of the whole of the health and care workforce, whether that is supporting the growing numbers of people living with a long-term condition, or helping achieve the ambition of 21,000 more mental health professionals in the NHS by 2021.

"We will be writing to the new Health Secretary, offering him help in getting up to speed with what the third largest health profession can deliver for patients.”