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New pharmacy minister announced

David Mowat appointed pharmacy minister July 21 2016

Conservative MP David Mowat has been appointed pharmacy minister, the Department of Health (DH) has announced.

Mr Mowat has become parliamentary under secretary of state for community health and care and will take the pharmacy portfolio from Alistair Burt, who held the brief since May last year.

Mr Mowat, pictured below on the far left, has been an MP for Warrington South since 2010 and was previously a member of the government's Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises spending and holds it to account for the delivery of public services. 

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, have also been appointed to the DH.

Jeremy Hunt has retained his job as secretary of state for health and Lord Prior remains a parliamentary under secretary. 

Picture below, from left: David Mowat, Philip Dunne, Jeremy Hunt, Nicola Blackwood, Lord Prior.

What do you think about David Mowat's appointment?

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

How many ministers have I seen come and go in 26 years as a pharmacist? I have no idea either but I do know that things have gradually got worse and worse for the profession over those years and I can't see any new appointment altering that downward spiral.

Yuna Mason, Sales

Parliamentary under secretary is a lower level than Alistair Burt. So pharmacy has been given to a more junior minister, with less influence...

A.S. Singh, Community pharmacist

These jobs share a lot with the premier league manager merry go round. New job same face

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

It's easier to sack a football manager though. A few bad results and they're toast. 

Stephen Walsh, Community pharmacist

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss?

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I'm hoping his background in finances will be used to the benefit of pharmacy.

Dave Downham, Manager

Jezza looks about as thrilled as I am.

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