Review delayed by ‘caretaker mode’

Prof Stephen King

The long-awaited report from the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation will not be released until after the pre-election caretaker period has ended.

Panel chair Professor Stephen King today issued a statement discussing the Review’s immediate future.

“On 9 May 2016, the Australian Government went into ‘caretaker’ mode,” he says.

“After consultation by the Secretariat with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the advice received by the Panel is that even independent Government advisory panels are obliged to observe the Caretaker Conventions.

“These Conventions require that the Panel does not facilitate discussions of policy matters during the caretaker period.

“For this reason, the release of the Panel’s discussion paper, and further consultation meetings will be deferred until the end of the caretaker period.

“Other work required to conduct the Review according to its terms of reference, such as research and modelling, will continue during the caretaker period, and further public consultation will occur after the caretaker period has finished.”

A spokesperson for the Pharmacy Guild says the timing of the release of the discussion paper is a matter for the Pharmacy Review Panel.

“The Guild will continue to strongly represent the interests of community pharmacy to the Review,” he says.

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