HC Deb 14 September 2004 vol 424 c1495W
25. Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of pharmacists in preventive health programmes. [188525]

Ms Rosie Winterton

Pharmacists already contribute to health improvement, including through stopping smoking services, emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) and needle exchange schemes. We will significantly expand this role through the proposed new contractual framework for community pharmacy, underpinned by a pharmaceutical public health strategy due in 2005.