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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:08 pm on 2nd November 2016.

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Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Conservative, Lewes 3:08 pm, 2nd November 2016

I will not—as I have said, time is short.

Right now, pharmacists are running clinics for asthma, blood pressure and thyroid issues. But we are not seeing what pharmacists could do. They are highly experienced and highly qualified. They should have registers of patients and be referring people to clinicians and hospitals themselves. They should be a second point of primary medical care. I cannot support the Opposition, because they are wrong that this is only about saving money. It is much bigger than that, and should be an opportunity to improve primary care overall.