Philip Hammond and Jeremy Hunt tell Theresa May of secret plans to close rural chemists despite assurances to MPs
26 MARCH 2017
”Ministers are planning to allow hundreds of rural chemists to close across the country despite repeated assurances to MPs this would not happen, The Telegraph can disclose.
In private letters to Theresa May, last August Philip Hammond and Jeremy Hunt warned that pharmacies would have to close because of the cut in a subsidy worth hundreds of millions of pounds a year to the hard-pressed pharmacies.
The Cabinet ministers’ warnings appear to be at odds with ministers’ repeated public claims in Parliament and in official documents that no closures are likely.
They also appear to confirm that Mrs May is concerned about the plans and had to seek reassurances from Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, and Mr Hunt, the Health secretary.
Campaigners said the letters amounted to a “smoking gun” which laid bare the Government’s indifference to saving rural pharmacies.”
GW: So Hunt is now holding a ”smoking gun” after his BBC appearance on March 8 2017? Things are looking up?