Majority rule

94% of AJP readers support the rollout of a mandatory national real-time monitoring system

After years of being kept on the backburner as a voluntary program, the Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs (ERRCD) may finally become a mandatory national program.

According to reports, Health Minister Greg Hunt wants additional money for the electronic prescription system “within the next six months”.

“I look forward to ensuring the electronic prescription system … is acted on in my first six months,” he said last week.

Perhaps expectedly, our online poll reveals 94% (188 votes) of AJP readers support having a mandatory real-time recording system rolled out across Australia.

Just 6% of respondents (11 votes) said they did not support the implementation of such a program.

The poll response was so close to unanimous that reader Jarrod said he was curious why the “No” respondents had that opinion.

“They just got out of bed on the wrong side,” another reader responded.

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