Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, visited Sigma Pharmaceuticals Plc on Wednesday 6 November as part of her electoral campaign tour.
Ms Swinson, was joined by Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, Watford parliamentary candidate Ian Stotesbury and Leader of Three Rivers District Council Sara Bedford.
The visitors were given a tour of the newly refurbished warehouse and distribution facility for retail pharmacy and Sigma’s European PI operation. She cited Sigma as being a “great example of some of the challenges” faced in the economy when it comes to Brexit. Her visit was completed with a brief Q&A session with some of the Sigma Directors, where they shared their fears and concerns about Brexit and the current challenges in pharmacy.
Ms Swinson said: “What they do here at Sigma is hugely important for the NHS and for the supply of medication. The Parallel Imports Division imports pharmaceutical products from other European countries and uses them within our own health service and the NHS. The Brexit situation is making all that harder.”
She was overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of Sigma, one of the UK’s largest Independent Pharmaceutical Wholesalers.
Commenting on the visit, Dr Bharat Shah CBE said “We are truly honoured to have Jo Swinson visit our site and for her appreciation of what we’re up against going forward. Regardless of how the vote goes in December, any elected government needs to give serious thought to and address the key issues surrounding the health of the nation, of which pharmacy plays a crucial role”.