PUBLIC SECTOR: ABPI plans to launch dedicated Scottish office

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), the trade body which lobbies for full patient access to treatments on behalf of pharmaceutical companies in the UK, has reacted to devolution with plans to open a dedicated Scottish office, and is casting its net to find a PR heavyweight to head its operations there. ABPI director Ben Hayes said the new post was created because Scotland has different health problems, and because the association wants to bring patient rights into the Scottish political arena and give feedback to its members. The postholder will manage campaigning and lobbying activity in Scotland and report to Hayes, who is considering creating a similar position for Northern Ireland.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), the

trade body which lobbies for full patient access to treatments on behalf

of pharmaceutical companies in the UK, has reacted to devolution with

plans to open a dedicated Scottish office, and is casting its net to

find a PR heavyweight to head its operations there. ABPI director Ben

Hayes said the new post was created because Scotland has different

health problems, and because the association wants to bring patient

rights into the Scottish political arena and give feedback to its

members. The postholder will manage campaigning and lobbying activity in

Scotland and report to Hayes, who is considering creating a similar

position for Northern Ireland.



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