It is “really important that we value our pharmacists” and “give them the resources they need to do all that we are asking of them”, Steve Double, Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, told C+D at its parliamentary event on pharmacy pressures on Monday (September 9).
Mr Double – who was recently appointed parliamentary private secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) – said the Conservative party is “aware of the increasing demand on our NHS” and, being at the frontline, “it is absolutely vital [pharmacists] get the support they need”.
He has already “made the case” to the pharmacy minister Jo Churchill, Mr Double said.
They “had a really positive meeting” and he is “delighted to keep doing all I can” for the sector, Mr Double added.
At the parliamentary event on Monday, charity Pharmacist Support – which co-organised the event with C+D – said it is “bracing itself” for an increase in its workload, as 61% of pharmacists responding to its survey called for help with stress at work.