RPS England responds to speech by new Health Secretary

Sandra Gidley welcomes commitment to invest in pharmacy

Responding to the first speech by the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board Sandra Gidley said:

"We welcome the Minister's commitment to investing in community pharmacy as a key part of primary care, to support prevention and keep people healthy and out of hospital, as well as additional support for pharmacists based in GP surgeries. We look forward to seeing further details and working with the Department of Health and NHS England on what this will mean for pharmacists.

"We have continued to call on the Government to make the most of the whole of the healthcare workforce and Britain’s 54,000 registered pharmacists in all care settings will be vital to delivering a sustainable NHS.

"With the Secretary of State's additional focus on prescribing, pharmacists must play a strategic role in shaping and delivering NHS plans for the future to ensure patients are able to get the most from their medicines."