Pharmacy Compact is my commitment: Hunt

Greg Hunt, Rick Samimi and John Alexander

Greg Hunt has reiterated his support for community pharmacy while on the campaign trail for John Alexander

The Liberal candidate for Bennelong, who is contesting a by-election which could determine the fate of the Turnbull Government, and Mr Hunt visited the North Ryde pharmacy of Rick Samimi yesterday.

Mr Samimi, the immediate past president of the Pharmacy Guild – NSW branch, told the AJP that the visit saw him talk to the politicians about community pharmacy and what it offers.

“He [Mr Hunt] said he was proud of getting the Pharmacy Compact through,” Mr Samimi says.

“The Minister reiterated his support for the value of community pharmacy and stated that the Pharmacy Compact was his commitment to ensuring the future viability of the sector.

“I told him it had given us stability towards 7CPA and Guild members appreciate his cooperative approach.

“I explained various professional services we provide at my pharmacy including the fact that John Alexander had had his flu-shot at my pharmacy for the past two years, our HbA1c testing service, the fact that I personally deliver medicines to my patients myself.

“As this was John Alexander’s campaign I spoke about John’s support for small business and community pharmacy.”

Also yesterday Mr Hunt and Mr Alexander took part in a doorstop interview at the nearby Myhealth Medical Centre in which they revealed a record national September quarter set of bulk billing figures.

“What we have is 85.9% of Australians have been bulk billed in the last quarter,” Mr Hunt said.

“That means that 85.9% of Australians visited the doctor without having to pay a cent. In Bennelong, it’s even higher, 88.5%.”

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