As 7CPA talks begin, we ask AJP readers who they think should be a party to the proceedings
The Department of Health confirms it has begun consultation for the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
Broader consultation will also reportedly occur this month with a variety of organisations including Chemist Warehouse, Ramsay Health Care and doctor’s groups.
The Pharmacy Guild has been the sole party in negotiating the past six Community Pharmacy Agreements.
However the upcoming 7CPA marks a shift as Health Minister Greg Hunt announced in February this year that the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia will be co-signatory to the Agreement.
Following this announcement, the Consumers Health Forum also called for a seat at the table, saying consumers want a voice too.
The CPAs cover funding for community pharmacy remuneration, the Community Services Obligation and community pharmacy programs, as well as other matters such as pharmacy location rules and governance arrangements.
Who do you think should join the Pharmacy Guild at the negotiating table?