Maria Caulfield MP has been named as the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. Her official title is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Patient Safety and Primary Care. She replaces Jo Churchill MP who moves to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
Following the latest reshuffle, the Department for Health and Social Care has reorganised its Ministerial briefs. Ms Caulfield has a wide-ranging portfolio of responsibilities including primary care, community health, major diseases, patient safety, maternity care, inquiries, cosmetic regulation, gender identity services, blood transplants & organ donation and fertility & embryology.
Ms Caulfield has been the Conservative MP for Lewes since 2015. She was formerly a Vice Chair of the Conservative Party for Women, and Assistant Government Whip. She was a member of the House of Common Select Committees for Northern Ireland Affairs, Women and Equalities and Exiting the EU.
Ms Caulfield is a former NHS nurse and specialised in cancer research. In March 2020, she announced her intention to return to the front line to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The DDA will shortly be writing to Ms Caulfield.
Health secretary Sajid Javid remains in post.