Pharmacy Guild national president George Tambassis has expressed thanks and appreciation to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, “for his strong and unstinting support of community pharmacy”.
“This year, community pharmacy was shaken to its core by the twin threats of Harper and negotiating a 6CPA in the toughest possible fiscal climate,” Tambassis wrote.
“Some of the nation’s most senior politicians, public servants and advisers, egged on by a cacophony of highly influential media commentators, were on the brink of hanging community pharmacies out to dry.
“Very few people know just how close they came, if not for the efforts of one man who stood up when it really mattered, making clear to the Coalition Party Room that the tried and tested community pharmacy model would not be tinkered with.
“One man who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Health Minister fighting in ERC for the additional investment required in the 6CPA to keep pharmacies viable and able to provide the best care to their patients.
“That man was Tony Abbott.”
Tambassis says that at the Guild‘s Annual Dinner last November, Mr Abbott spoke from the heart about “the fact that your local community pharmacist is a rock who is always there and can be absolutely relied upon when you need them”.
“In our time of need, we relied upon Mr Abbott and he delivered an outcome that maintains the community pharmacy model and provides local pharmacy small businesses with a solid dispensing foundation and the opportunity to further enhance their role in the wider health system,” Tambassis says.
“The Guild will always be strictly non-partisan and we look forward to working closely with Prime Minister Turnbull and equally with all other political leaders.
“However, it is important to duly recognise the outstanding contribution that Mr Abbott has made to our sector, both as Prime Minister and, before that, as Health Minister.
“It has been a privilege to work with such a loyal and true friend of community pharmacy.”
Pictured: Tony Abbott with Kevin Andrews and Bill Scott