The All-Party Pharmacy Group has appointed the Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price as its new chair.
Ms Doyle-Smith (pictured) takes over from Sir Kevin Barron and will oversee what the APPG said would be “an exciting work programme for the year ahead".
She comes into the post with a busy in-tray that includes helping to develop community pharmacy’s role in the fight against Covid-19, exploring the potential of digital technology in the profession and the ways pharmacy teams can support people to manage their own health.
“The current challenges caused by Covid-19 have reinforced the critical role that community pharmacies play across the UK as the third pillar of our national health service alongside GPs and A&E,” she said.
“Beyond just dispensing medicines, pharmacies are many people’s first point of contact with the NHS, providing vital services to keep people healthy.
“In the year ahead, I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities to strengthen the role of pharmacists in the health system, capitalising on their clinical expertise to reduce pressures on GPs and hospitals and support the prevention of ill-health.
“The All-Party Pharmacy Group is preparing a fantastic programme of work and I look forward to working with colleagues across both Houses to support the pharmacy sector at this crucial time for the NHS.”
Other MPs who have joined the APPG include Sir David Amess, Paul Bristow, Feryal Clark, Jason McCartney and Taiwo Owatemi.