Tambassis slams King: ‘We’ve lost confidence in this gentleman.’


The Pharmacy Guild has lost confidence in Professor Stephen King as Chair of the Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation Review

Guild president George Tambassis slammed Prof King in an address to delegates to the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference on the Gold Coast this morning.

He said that the Guild had agreed to the Review as it presented several opportunities, such as making improvements to the existing location rules and having high cost medicines properly reimbursed.

The Guild had done its best to work with Prof King, Mr Tambassis says.

But “I think he’s made some major, major mistakes,” the Guild president says, including having “come in with some serious preconceived ideas”.

“At the end of the day, we’ve lost confidence in this gentleman.”

This was at least in part because the Panel had gone to the ATO for community pharmacy financial records, he says.

Co-panellist Jo Watson from the Consumers Health Forum also came to her role with pre-existing misconceptions about pharmacy, Mr Tambassis says.

However the Guild remains positive about the Review due to the quality of its submission.

Another reason to remain positive is the attitude of the new Health Minister, Mr Tambassis told the conference.

He said Greg Hunt’s speech was the best he had heard at APP.

The Minister “sees solutions whereas other people have in the past been a little bit negative.”

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