Liam Byrne, the Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, has referred Jhoots Pharmacy to the Competition and Markets Authority for price gouging. An outlet of the chain at 6 Ermington Crescent in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, sharply increased prices of medicines.
Byrne posted on Twitter a copy of his complaint:
The chain apologised and said that there had been “an erroneous pricing communication”.
Byrne though was sent, via a whistleblower, a copy of an internal e-mail, which the MP reposted on social media:
Byrne said that he had asked for an investigation to begin into the behaviour of the company’s directors.