Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, has been appointed the new Department of Health and Social Care minister with responsibility for pharmacy. She has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, which includes pharmacy matters.
She replaces Seema Kennedy MP with her revised title including prevention, signalling Governmental intentions in relation to the prevention agenda.
Ms Churchill has been the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, since 2015. In 2017 she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Hunt, when he was Secretary of State for Health, and from 2018 she was Assistant Government Whip.
In a parliamentary debate, Ms Churchill tackled pro-pharmacy MPs on the subject of pharmacies and integrated healthcare in England. She said: “Pressure will be coming down on the pharmacies, the GPs and the care sector. But, out of the big NHS pie GPs get only about 8 per cent.
In 2016, Ms Churchill voted for the pharmacy contract imposition.
DDA chairman Dr Richard West is the Suffolk LMC co-chair.