AVG Microsoft epson hp kyocera motorola zebra
Welcome Guest
No supermarket ownership of pharmacy: Dutton 09/09/2014
The Federal Government remains unconvinced of the need for supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths to run pharmacies, according to Health Minister Peter Dutton. Speaking on ABC’s Lateline program, Mr Dutton reinforced his previous commitment to existing pharmacy ownership regulations.
 The Federal Government remains unconvinced of the need for supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths to run pharmacies, according to Health Minister Peter Dutton. 
 
Speaking on ABC’s Lateline program, Mr Dutton reinforced his previous commitment to existing pharmacy ownership regulations.  
 
“The Coalition's long held the belief that we shouldn't have that corporate ownership model… we believe very strongly in a pharmacy that is owned at a community level. And I think that is an important policy for us to adopt ongoing.”
 
Mr Dutton said existing regulations provided the operating basis upon which Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement negotiations are to be conducted.
 
“Nobody's convinced us of the need for Coles and Woolies to run pharmacy and we've said very specifically at the last election and since then that we want to make sure that pharmacy - the pharmacy location rules and the pharmacy ownership rules don't change, and that's the basis upon which we enter these negotiations,” he said.
 
“We believe very strongly in proper medication management and the suite of services that are provided by pharmacy,” he said when discussing the pending 6CPA negotiations.
 
“I've said to the Pharmacy Guild that we want to provide support in a transparent way; that is, we want to fund measures that do benefit patients and I think the Pharmacy Guild's of the same mind”.
 
When asked about the ‘incongruous’ situation where GPs aren't the only ones who can own doctors' surgeries and yet pharmacists are the only ones who can own a pharmacy, Mr Dutton said the government did not want to disrupt the existing pharmacy operating environment.
 
“There's not a desire from the Government to disrupt the way in which pharmacy works. So I believe very strong[ly] that pharmacy, particularly in rural locations where we just can't get GPs or allied health professionals, that they do provide an amazing service”.
 
A spokesperson for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia said, “We welcome and appreciate the Minister’s acknowledgement of the strength and benefits of the community pharmacy model”.

By Chris Brooker Pharmacy News 9 September, 2014
Article Link