The pharmacy minister David Mowat has lost his Warrington South seat to Labour’s Faisal Rashid in the general election. He retains his responsibilities until a new minister is appointed. Mr Mowat became pharmacy minister in July 2016.

In response to Mr Mowat’s departure, Ian Strachan, NPA chairman, said: “A change of pharmacy minister is yet another good reason for fresh thinking in government about pharmacy policy. New people and new relationships can lead to new ideas and new outcomes. This is certainly a change moment for pharmacy, coming on the back of a High Court verdict that made it clear things can’t go on as before.”

Sue Sharpe, PSNC chief executive, commented: “This has been an extraordinary election for so many reasons and at this early stage it is impossible to say exactly what it will mean for community pharmacy. We expect the situation and ministerial responsibilities to become clearer over the weekend and into next week. PSNC will of course seek to begin discussions with health ministers at the earliest opportunity to develop policy to secure a strong future for community pharmacy.”

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