Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill praises profession for work during pandemic

Jo Churchill has kept her role as the junior minister in charge of public health, prevention and primary care in Boris Jonson’s cabinet reshuffle on Thursday.

The Bury St Edmunds MP was appointed to the job, which includes the pharmacy portfolio, in July 2019 as Seema Kennedy moved to the Home Office.

Soon after her re-appointment, Jo tweeted:

The reshuffle also saw Health Secretary Matt Hancock retaining the role.

The West Suffolk MP, who replaced Jeremy Hunt in 2018, has earlier managed to keep the job in the minor reshuffle that followed the general election in December.

In a video, a “thrilled” Hancock said he is “raring to go.”

Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately, who was formerly the junior minister for arts, heritage and tourism, has appointed as the new minister of state in charge of care in the health department.

Rishi Sunak is the new chancellor of the exchequer. Born into what he dubbed an “NHS family”, Sunak’s father was a GP in Southampton and his mother was a pharmacist who ran a local pharmacy.

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