Health department still in limbo

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Former Health Minister Sussan Ley oversaw a difficult 6CPA negotiation process

While the government’s official caretaker period is over, the Health Department is still unable to move forward confidently with any plans

An official internal Department of Health email obtained by PharmaDispatch revealed the department’s hands are tied until the swearing in of the new ministry.

Officials were told that while the caretaker period has come to an end, “ministers are not to be briefed until further advice is provided,” PharmaDispatch reported on Thursday.

This advice impacts Health Minister Sussan Ley, Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash and Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt, as well as their personal staff.

The caretaker period has seen delays in new listings, codeine scheduling changes and the notification of price cuts, as well as the release of the King Review.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Wednesday 13 July that the new ministry will be announced on Monday 18 July.

Last week PharmaDispatch also reported that Sussan Ley was “untenable” in the role of the Health Minister and this week speculated about her silence since the election.

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