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Sector predicts stability following Conservative win

Sibby Buckle: "It is about carrying on the good work we started"

Sector representatives, including RPS English Pharmacy Board member Sibby Buckle, say a Conservative majority will "take away the uncertainty" of the coalition

The Conservative party's election victory could mean a period of much-needed stability for the sector, pharmacy representatives have predicted.

The Conservatives defied pre-election polls to form a majority government of 331 seats last week (May 8), and Numark director of pharmacy services Mimi Lau said this was "good news" for pharmacy because it would mean “less organisational change” for the NHS.

“We are still reeling from the last major restructure [and] the abolition of primary care trusts. We need stability if we are to integrate pharmacy more thoroughly,” Ms Lau added.

Sibby Buckle, a Conservative borough candidate for Rushcliffe in last week's election and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, said the general election result had "taken away the uncertainty of the coalition”.

“There are MPs who we need to speak to and raise the profile of pharmacy,” Ms Buckle said. “It is about carrying on the good work we started.” 

Pharmacy Voice chief executive Rob Darracott said the organisation would call upon the new government to be true to its word and “place pharmacy at the centre of the prevention agenda”.

“Throughout the election campaign many of the incoming MPs showed their support for our community pharmacy manifesto, including former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who visited Kaye’s [Chemist] in Cornwall. We will now look to [Mr Hunt] and his team to represent the best interests of community pharmacy over the next five years,” Mr Darracott added. The health secretary post in the new Cabinet had not been announced as C+D went to press.

"Business as usual"

Sandra Gidley, a locum pharmacist and former Liberal Democrat MP for Romsey and Southampton North, said the election result should mean it was "business as usual” for the sector. “It is good that we have contact with Conservative politicians – the [RPS's] English Pharmacy Board needs to build on those relationships and make sure their promises are delivered.”

"From a pharmacy perspective I'm cautiously optimistic. From a personal perspective I'm devastated," she said about the Liberal Democrat's loss of 49 seats.

NHS Alliance chair Michael Dixon said that political stability was "good news" for the NHS and it was “imperative” that the new government did not initiate unnecessary structural change.


How will the election result affect the sector?

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Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Stability more like moribund inertia.......

Prafulkumar Soneji, Locum pharmacist

Doctors urged to stop 'over-treating'.......Is this a prelude to speeding up of the end of our noble profession?

perhaps Ms Buckle might like to summarise what the Conservative Party have done for Health Care in Britain over the last 5 years? In case she's forgotten (and amnesia seems to be a feature of Tories). I'll remind her.....£2.5 billion wasted on NHS reform which has caused massive damage and was ruled out by Cameron and Lansley, increased waiting lists, collapse of social care forcing more"bed blockers" to stay in acute hospital beds, unprecedented strike action by NHS staff, A&E crisis.... Yes Ms Buckle, the uncertainty of coalition has gone and we know exactly what we are going to get. If you are old, sick or poor - be afraid, be very afraid. Rather than crowing you should be ashamed

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

Shouldn't you be on the Guardian's site?! ;)

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

"""Sector predicts stability following Conservative win""" .......... Stability in what ??? More clawbacks?? Less FULLY FUNDED services through Pharmacies ?? More students coming out every year ?? And how come few comments from few self proclaimed leaders and a MP who is also a RPS board member, make it a decision of the entire sector. Let's talk based on the results of their actions in supporting the SECTOR, and not on the results of the elections.

Abid P, Primary care pharmacist

No Mr Hunt, don't go to Kaye's pharmacy in Cornwall for your pharmacy experience. You could have gone to any in London and got a more realistic experience. Queues, understaffed dispensaries, stupid waiting times, etc., but then I guess that was the point. He would have walked away thinking....Pharmacy in crisis? Pffffft don't make me laugh. They're just a bunch of overpaid whingers. More of the same for the next four years then....

Dave Downham, Manager

So...Conservative candidate says that Conservative election victory is a good thing. Also, top civil servant says political stability is good news. Hardly representative of the sector as a whole. Looking forward to the 2014-5 settlement now that everything's been cleared up...

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Business as usual is definitely the correct term, but is it a good thing or just the devil we know?

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