Pharmacy minister position temporarily vacant following reshuffle, DH says
The position of pharmacy minister is temporarily vacant as Maria Caulfield has been appointed to a new role, the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has told C+D.
Ms Caulfield has been appointed minister of state for health and social care, leaving her former position of minister for patient safety and primary care – which included responsibility for pharmacy – temporarily vacant, the DH told C+D this afternoon (July 8).
Former health minister, Edward Argar – who was previously minister of state for health – resigned earlier this week (July 6).
Ms Caulfield will be taking over Mr Argar’s brief, a DH spokesperson confirmed to C+D.
The DH intends to fill her previous position as soon as possible, they added, although the spokesperson could not give a time frame for when the new pharmacy minister might be appointed.
Steve Barclay was appointed the new health secretary after Sajid Javid stood down from the role.
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