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Burt resigns as pharmacy minister

Alistair Burt: This is not a sudden post-Brexit resignation

Alistair Burt has made a surprise announcement in parliament that he will step down in September

Pharmacy minister Alistair Burt has made the surprise announcement that he will resign from his post.

Mr Burt announced in parliamentary health questions today (July 5) that he will step down in September, a month before the cuts to pharmacy funding in England are due to commence.  

Mr Burt's resignation came a day after he took to Twitter to insist to C+D that the long-promised impact assessment of the cuts "is being done and will be done". 

The DH was unable to comment about a potential successor. 


Who would you like to see replace Alistair Burt? 

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B akbar, Pre-reg Pharmacist

who ?

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

Let's hope Herman Van Rompuy takes over. Pharmacy needs someone really effective.

Bapi Patel, Work for a health/commissioning consultancy company

When do his advisors go then?

Uma Patel, Community pharmacist

This must be a first. A pharmacist getting a scalp of a minister

Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

PLEASE C&D keep an eye on what his next job ends up being.....on the board of certain  multinationals would be telling.....

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Will this make the blindest bit of difference at the coalface? No it won't. Ministers have come and gone and nothing improves. Prepare yourselves for more of the same, chaps!

Pharmacy HLP, Manager

LETS HOPE THE NEXT PERSON IN CHARGE wants to engage the profession ,really help patientsin the community and bed blocked in  hospital . That they understand what is really going on in the NHS and cut to the chase to bring pharmacy into the real centre of health care. We see so many people every day who are unable to access the NHS apparatus without long delays. We also see so many people misuse the facilities because they feel that have no other choice ( No Drs APPOINTMENT GO TO WALK IN CENTRE OR A&E ) . Minor ailments was a golden opportunity , that went begging. Lets hope our leaders can go united to DH and get the best result for our Pharmacy profession  that will lead to enhanced roles, security and satisfaction FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS. We know that we can make the difference the NHS IS LOOKING FOR BUT IT JUST NEVER HAPPENS. 

PoPeYe- Popeys Car Wash, Community pharmacist

National Minor Ailments service in Scotland has been a disaster IMO breeding another entitlement culture, referals from G.P. whom as first diagnosers should be prescribing, bullying of pharmacists, employee pharmacists at multiples often giving people whatever they want, a decimation of the OTC sales necessary to keep pharmacies yearly figures in the black and so on. All in the name of the vanity of being given an increased "prescribing role". Be careful what you wish that you had. They want to roll it out beyond age/income exemptions to everybody-  zero sales and massive workload, all the problems I mentioned ramped up tenfold.

Mahesh Sodha, Superintendent Pharmacist

The succesor could be an MP who was a GP in a previous life? Now that would be fun!! Or it could be an MP who loves Virgin Healthcare and would love to outsource all pharmacy services to them!! How much worse can DOH get?

Pill Counter, Pharmacy

Still a long way before the bottom is reached.

G K, Superintendent Pharmacist

What a joke. Creat a mess and then walk away.

Wow! Yesterday I said on C&D that he should resign - and so he did. If only I had previously known that I possessed this power...... Lansley, Hunt, ......

H Gokul, Community pharmacist

Would have gone earlier if he had been taken to court

PARESH MODASIA, Community pharmacist

Lovely job these guys have sitting on the White Elephant at Westminster.

After all this hot air, what next? Waste of public funds in doing all this unthought of proposal of damaging the Community Pharmacy structure in England and Wales!!

He might as well resign from Parliament and try working for a living!


A.S. Singh, Community pharmacist

Hmmm maybe it was the C&D that exposed this liar?

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

So yesterday he was on Twitter as normal responding to C and D and today he's decided he's going?! 

P M, Community pharmacist


Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

he was a good guy and has done a lot of good driving the profession (NOT business owners) forward.

O J, Community pharmacist

Freelance give me one example of what good he has done? He done a BOJO!

Stephen Walsh, Community pharmacist

Utter rubbish.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Burt: "This is not a sudden post-Brexit resignation". As he announces a sudden post-Brexit resignation. It's certainly a good time for him to resign. Naturally everyone is of course going to assume it's to avoid the backlash from the Pharmacy cuts.

Paul Dishman, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Rodent departs sinking ship

Stephen Eggleston, Community pharmacist

Clearly getting out before the heat of pharmacy ire  for the cuts hits in October - because he has realised that every cut in pharmacy services or staffing will be blamed DIRECTLY on him.

Ebers Papyrus, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Derek Thomas MP would be a great successor. I wonder if Keith Ridge fancies retirement?

Pill Counter, Pharmacy

If he didn't tell you you would not have noticed. September onwards simply means another Palm to be greased by the multiples.

Tony Schofield, Community pharmacist

He seemed decent. What arrogant reptile replaces him?

Dodo pharmacist, Community pharmacist

No he didn't seem decent Tony, he was an arrogant hatchet man who had no idea about community pharmacy and cared even less. He has been found wanting too many times to remain in his post, with his ridiculous utterances.

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