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New government in June should reverse cuts, says outgoing Labour MP

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: May 16, 2017 | UPDATED: May 16, 2017

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The Labour MP and vehement anti-pharmacy cuts campaigner Michael Dugher, who recently announced he will not stand in the upcoming general election, has expressed his hope that a “new government in June should reverse” the Conservatives’ decision to reduce the profession’s budget.

The former shadow transport secretary and one-time shadow culture secretary told PoliticsHome he was standing down from parliament ahead of the snap election on June 8 “to make a difference in life outside of politics,” although he did not respond directly to the question, posed by Pharmacy Business on Twitter (pictured), of whether he would be involved in pharmacy campaigning in some form.

Instead he tweeted: “Thanks. General election is a real opportunity to highlight the importance of pharmacies & NHS. A new govt in June should reverse the cuts.”

When asked again if he would keep up his pharmacy campaigning should there be no reversal of the cuts after June, Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East since 2010, did not respond.

By the end of the general election the government may have been forced to halt its two-year reduction to community pharmacy’s budget if a judicial review brought by the National Pharmacy Association and PSNC is successful. A verdict is expected to be announced shortly.