Stephen Brine MP is expected to receive officially the ministerial brief for pharmacy and pharmaceutical services’ legislation affecting dispensing doctors within the next few days, the Department of Health has confirmed.
A newcomer to health, Mr Brine served as an assistant government whip from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Winchester in May 2010. He replaces David Mowat, who controversially oversaw the implementation of pharmacy funding cuts during 2016.
Also making a health department debut is Jackie Doyle-Price, also a previous assistant government whip. Ms Doyle-Price was elected Conservative MP for Thurrock in May 2010.
The newcomers will be supported in the health department by continuing ministers Lord O’Shaughnessy, whose brief includes prescription charges, medicines and industry, and Philip Dunne (Ludlow) who became a health minister in July 2016. Mr Dunne takes responsibility for tasks including the following:
- Care Quality Commission
- Health Education England
Jeremy Hunt remains as secretary of state for health.
Mr Brine can be contacted at this email address.
Shadow Cabinet appointments and spokespeople relevant to dispensing GPs include the following.
- Health: Jonathan Ashworth
- Environment, food and rural affairs: Sue Hayman
- Wales: Christina Rees
- Scotland: Lesley Laird
- Health: Norman Lamb
- Environment, food and rural affairs: Baroness Kate Parminter
- Communities and local government: Wera Hobhouse
- Scotland: Jamie Stone
Plaid Cymru (Westminster)
- Scotland: Tommy Sheppard
- Environment and rural affairs: Angus Brendan MacNeil
- Health: Dr Philippa Whitford
Dispensing practices are urged to send these papers to their local MP and invite MPs to visit your surgery. Please contact the office to let us know you have made contact.
Emails for the above spokespeople are included as hyperlinks. Emails for your local MP can be accessed here.