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Andrew Lansley ousted as health secretary

Andrew Lansley has lost his post as Secretary of State for Health in a cabinet reshuffle, with Jeremy Hunt appointed as his successor.

Mr Lansley, who took the post of health secretary in 2010 and implemented a series of controversial NHS reforms, is to become Leader of the House of Commons.

Mr Hunt was previously Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.

Independent Pharmacy Federation chief executive Claire Ward hit out at the decision to oust Mr Lansley as the NHS reforms started to take shape.

"My initial reaction is one of surprise that he has spent the past two years taking the NHS, throwing it into small pieces and seeing how it re-assembles, with pharmacy not at the core of these changes as we would like it to be," she argued.

"Now he's been shifted, that doesn't give us great confidence in what's happening in the future." But Mike Dixon, chair of NHS Alliance and a GP in Cullompton, Devon, said he thought Andrew Lansley would be missed. "He was a man of great integrity, someone you could trust and he stuck to his guns," Dr Dixon told C+D. "I hope it won't slow down the reforms and that they'll press ahead."

5 Comments

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

What can I say? He's done a good hatchet job cut off the arms and legs of the patient left a torso behind bleeding to death needing major resus!

Mr Dispenser, Community pharmacist

His replacement brings baggage with him. Let's hope he makes the decisions himself and is not influenced by anybody...

Andrew Weatherill, Community pharmacist

in frankie boyle's column in sun...
''Jeremy Hunt ,the new Health Secretary believes in homeopathy''
please tell me that is one of his usual sick jokes

Andrew Martin, Primary care pharmacist

But the damage is done.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

And the damage control is impossible.

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