Poll: Which party will best represent pharmacy?


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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pulled the trigger for a double dissolution election – but how will it impact pharmacy?

There’s been precious little mention of health promises from any major party to date.

And from pharmacy’s perspective, last week’s Budget was remarkable more for its absence of any further PBS reform than for any real impact on the health sector, though tax breaks for SMEs and individuals were welcomed by several stakeholders.

Pharmacy also has to wait for any glimpse into what the future Government might consider following the release of the Remuneration and Regulation Review: panel Chair Professor Stephen King announced today that as the Government has gone into “caretaker mode,” convention requires that the report’s release and any further discussion wait until after the election.

Which party do you feel will best represent pharmacy?

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3 Comments

  1. Roo
    12/05/2016

    A vote on which party should have two sections. Pharmacy small business owners (that would be guild) and pharmacy employees – non owners – that would be underpaid over worked graduates, pharmacists doing a zillion scrips per hour and therefore not delivering health initiatives, HMRs that the Guild under supports etc.
    And to have the report above with held is inappropriate. Lets vote for a government that has nothing to say…….stupidity among a vital and trusted profession.

  2. JimT
    12/05/2016

    beaurocrats pull the strings which ever party is in power

  3. Ray
    16/05/2016

    Both Labor and Liberal are out to shaft pharmacy, because they don’t have the guts to reduce the welfare state or take on the ‘big pharma’ drug companies to reduce waste. So whichever party is in, you might as well vote against it. Liberal is supposed to support small business, but in practice they don’t – just look at their retrospective and future grab for your retirement superannuation. And incidentally, the increased study load for pharmacy students, and the increased regulatory burden for pharmacists, is meant to distract your attention – from the financial collapse of pharmacy, which the pharmacy authorities are doing nothing to slow down. In truth, pharmacy doesn’t have a lobby – just a pack of beaureaucratic surrender monkeys, who fall over themselves to kiss the government’s feet.

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