§ 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. 
§ 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.