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Stevens

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Minister a messenger?

I am attending a breakfast meeting with Simon Enright, NHS England director of communications, hosted by Luther Pendragon, a PR agency in London. I am the only community pharmacist amongst a dozen invited guests from various healthcare sectors. Simon has responsibility for communications strategy and delivery across all audiences, including NHSE’s 6,000 staff, local NHS, the professions, wider stakeholders and the public. Heleads a team of 50 people headquartered in London and Leeds as well as regional communications teams throughout England, and reports directly to NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens.

A visionary alternative

It is difficult to know what the final outcome will be of the government’s plans for pharmacy. I assume that the worst case scenario is that the full £170m cut originally proposed would be implemented from December. And the best case consists of whatever the Department of Health can be persuaded to do as a result of further negotiations and campaigning. There is no doubt that the strength of representations, including over two million signatures on a petition, has not passed unnoticed by politicians and government officials.

Strong-armed, or what?

Iain Duncan Smith recently created a furore when he resigned from the government as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Yet, in the midst of the media storm his resignation created, an equally sensational story about the NHS crept under the radar. It came from former Lib Dem MP and minister in the coalition government David Laws, and it concerned the vexed question of how much extra money the NHS actually needs up to the year 2020.



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