And another one goes... Burt resigns

The pharmacy minister Alistair Burt has resigned. He told MPs during health questions in parliament yesterday (July 5) that he plans to stand down in September.

Commenting on the surprise news, NPA chairman Ian Strachan, said: “Alistair Burt’s departure presents an opportunity for everyone to draw breath, and to pause and reflect on the Government’s proposals for community pharmacies.

“[His] successor should be given the opportunity to thoroughly review the Department of Health’s plans before any steps are taken towards implementation. He or she should also look carefully at the alternatives laid out by the pharmacy sector, and we look forward to a constructive, open-minded dialogue.”

“It’s surely time to go back to the drawing board.”

It’s time to go back to the drawing board

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