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Andrea Leadsom to join DHSC as new pharmacy minister


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The MP for South Northamptonshire has previously spent three years as the Government’s Early Years Adviser under former PM Boris Johnson’s tenure

MP Andrea Leadsom has been appointed pharmacy minister by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

She said that she is “delighted” to join the health department and is looking forward to supporting “community pharmacists” in her new role.

Ms Leadsom shared the news on X (formerly Twitter) last night (14 November), it read: “Delighted to join DHSC as a junior minister.

“After three years as the Government’s Early Years Adviser, I will now have ministerial responsibility for the ‘Best Start for Life’ as well as the hugely important public health portfolio.

“From supporting our fabulous GPs, dentists and community pharmacists, to rolling out support for every family to give their baby the ‘Best Start for Life’, I am looking forward to getting stuck in!”

Ms Leadsom was asked by former PM Boris Johnson to chair the Early Years Healthy Development Review in July 2020.

It was a review into improving the health and development outcomes for babies in England and focussed on the 1,001 critical days through pregnancy to the age of two.


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