This site is intended for health professionals only

Home / News / Latest News / ‘Reverse cuts’, urges new pharmacy minister’s local chemist

‘Reverse cuts’, urges new pharmacy minister’s local chemist

22 Jun 2017

The Department of Health (DH) has confirmed to The Pharmacist that Steve Brine will be the new pharmacy minister, replacing David Mowat.

Mr Brine is the MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire and was announced as one of the incoming health ministers in the cabinet reshuffle last week.

On 9 June Mr Brine was elected MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford for the third time in seven years, with just over 50% of the vote.

Calls to review ‘detrimental’ cuts

Community pharmacist and member of Mr Brine’s constituency, Everest Dike said: ‘I would call on him to review the pharmacy cuts. They are very detrimental to everybody in the community.

‘If he would do the sensible thing and reverse those cuts, it would be very beneficial to our patients,’ he told The Pharmacist.

‘We strive to give them the best service that we can but that cut has hurt and damaged us so much and is effecting everything we do.

‘If anyone was to pretend that they didn’t know the damage those cuts have done, then they don’t live in this world.

‘I would like to personally sit [Mr Brine] down and say that this was a very bad move. He should be aware of that.’

Mr Dike works alongside his pharmacy team in Colden Chemist in Winchester.

Want news like this straight to your inbox?

Latest News

Post-Brexit deal on medicines into Northern Ireland ‘urgently’ needed to avoid shortages, NPA warns
Brexit negotiators must reach an agreement on the supply of medicines from the UK into...
Lloyds Pharmacy
LloydsPharmacy owner looks to exit UK
The parent of LloydsPharmacy, McKesson, has sold a number of its European businesses, with the...
Nigel Clarke April 2014
GPhC chair Nigel Clarke to step down
The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Nigel Clarke, is to step down after...