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New pharmacy minister announced

Former pharmacy minister David Mowat lost his seat in the 2017 general election

Steve Brine MP will replace David Mowat as pharmacy minister, the Department of Health (DH) has confirmed this afternoon.

Mr Brine has been MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford since 2010.

He will replace David Mowat MP, who has remained as pharmacy minister since losing his seat in the general election earlier this month.

In May 2015, Mr Brine was appointed as parliamentary private secretary to health secretary Jeremy Hunt. He also served as an assistant government whip from July 17, 2016 until last week (June 14).

According to Mr Brine’s website, he meets regularly with GPs and practice managers across the area to understand the issues they are facing. The MP is also described as a “passionate defender” of primary care as the gateway to the NHS. 

The Twitter reaction
What do you make of Mr Brine's appointment?

Best Farma, Ecommerce

Won't make a blind bit of differenceto the slow(but quickening) car crash that is community pharmacy. So to tell the 'leaders' not to bother sucking up to him.

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Ex-Treasury. So expect Community Pharmacy to be pickled by Brine!

Dodo pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Hope he's better than Mowat

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Seal Patel, Community pharmacist

Both voted the same in the pharmacy cuts in parliament so its the right decision to appoint someone like him. 

Can someone remind me who the previous incumbents were and their undoubted many achievements which I seem to have forgotten 

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