Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears on a monitor for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) meeting in London, Britain March 28, 2020. The prime minister chairs the morning update meeting on the coronavirus remotely from Number 11 Downing Street, since self-isolating after testing positive for the virus. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

Boris Johnson has thanked “wonderful pharmacists” for their vital work during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a self-shot video message posted last night, the Prime Minister said: “I think how important it is that our pharmacists are not only dispensing vital medicines but also very often reassurance to the customers they interact with, so thank you to our wonderful pharmacists for everything that you are doing,” he said.

The Prime Minister also thanked doctors, nurses and other former professionals for returning to duty, as well as the 750,000 volunteers who have come forward to help the NHS tackle the coronavirus.

Sandra Gidley’s pharmacy lesson to Prime Minister

In response to the Prime Minister’s video from his ‘bunker’ at No 11, where he is self-isolating after testing postitive for Coronavirus, President of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Sandra Gidley thanked the Prime Minister for “finally recognising pharmacists.”

However, she reminded Prime Minister Johnson that contrary to what he had said in the video message, pharmacies were not a “private sector” but part of the NHS “in the same way” that the GP surgeries were.

She also attempted to clarify that people visiting pharmacies were “not customers” – as referred to by the prime minister – but “patients,” a term widely preferred by pharmacy professionals.

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