Docs condemn pharmacy vax proposal as ‘silliness’


NSW Guild President David Heffernan, NSW PSA President Peter Carroll, NSW Guild committee member Adele Tahan and and Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord.
NSW Guild President David Heffernan, NSW PSA President Peter Carroll, NSW Guild committee member Adele Tahan and and Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord.

Doctors have condemned NSW Labor’s proposal to extend pharmacist vaccination scope

“Access to poor quality care is really not access to care at all,” AMA spokesman Kean Seng Lim told 7 News Sydney following Labor’s announcement of the proposal this week.

“It’s not just a needle. It’s actually about having your other health checked as well.”

Doctors also took to social media to condemn the proposal, which would see any future Labor NSW Government allow NSW pharmacies to provide vaccinations for the dTpa vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough) and the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) from September 1, 2019.

One doctor expressed concern about continuity of care for children if the proposal were to be implemented.

The proposal would only permit accredited pharmacists to administer the wider range of vaccines for people aged 18 to 64.

A familiar face stepped in to criticise the proposal, while another expressed disappointment at the doctors’ comments.

But in announcing the Labor policy, opposition leader Luke Foley pre-empted the doctors’ comments.

“I won’t have the AMA talk down our qualified pharmacists,” he said.

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