Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has written to the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch confirming the Newman Government’s support for pharmacy ahead of next week’s state election.
“The Newman LNP Government does not support any changes to pharmacy ownership and location regulation,” the Minister wrote in a letter to Guild branch president Tim Logan.
“If re-elected I can assure you that we will not be making any changes.”
Springborg highlighted the support the LNP Government has shown community pharmacy over the last three years, including the Queensland Pharmacy Immunisation Pilot.
“Over 10,000 people across 80 pharmacies have been vaccinated as part of this pilot,” he wrote.
“I was pleased that people who had not been vaccinated before took advantage of this program.”
He announced in July 2014 that due to its success, the QPIP would be expanded to include measles and whooping cough vaccines for adults.
“The trial is an important part of improving healthcare delivery in Queensland and also ensures that pharmacists can use their full scope of skills,” Springborg wrote.
“Community pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals and increasing the ease at which people of all ages can access appropriate vaccinations will increase immunisation rates in Queensland.”
He says he believes the Pharmacy Guild has played a leading role in programs including the Pharmacy Liaison Program, which includes needle and syringe distribution and disposal.
“Please be assured that we will continue this very constructive relationship with the Pharmacy Guild to ensure that pharmacy continues its increasing role in the health of Queenslanders.”
In sharing the letter with Guild members, Logan said the Guild has worked closely with Minister Springborg since he first entered Parliament.
“At a time when community pharmacies are under great financial pressure, and given the significant investment of our pharmacist Guild members in their businesses, it is reassuring that the Liberal National Party has given such unequivocal support to the current model of community pharmacy,” he said.