Pharmacy Guild congratulates new Minister for Health

Jan 18, 2017

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated Greg Hunt MP on his appointment as the new Minister for Health.

The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, George Tambassis, said the Guild looked forward to working closely and constructively with Mr Hunt during what is a challenging time for the health system, and in particular for the community pharmacy sector.

“Greg Hunt takes over the portfolio at a time when there are a number of unresolved issues of concern to community pharmacy in Australia,” Mr Tambassis said.

“It is critical that these issues are addressed and resolved quickly and satisfactorily to give security to community pharmacists so they can continue their work in improving the health outcomes of all Australians.

“During the year the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement will reach its halfway mark and the Pharmacy Guild is committed to working with the Minister and the Federal Government to ensure the Agreement’s funding is fully and appropriately expended on programs and initiatives to improve health outcomes for patients and consumers.

“To achieve this we need to work together to resolve any and all outstanding issues to clear the way to move forward.

“We are confident of a constructive and positive relationship with Mr Hunt who brings to the position a broad wealth of political experience.

“The Guild will be seeking early discussions with the new Minister and his office.”

Mr Tambassis said the outgoing Health Minister, Sussan Ley, would be remembered for her work and commitment to the portfolio.

“The Guild worked closely with Sussan Ley across many areas, including in the negotiations leading to the signing of the pivotal Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement,” Mr Tambassis said.

“Sussan Ley’s commitment to the portfolio saw her appointed to Cabinet’s all-important Expenditure Review Committee and in that role she was able to better represent the interests of the health sector in budget discussions.”

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