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To: The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health
Please don't cap Medschecks & HMRs.
On 12 February the Pharmacy Guild of Australia announced changes to programs delivered through the Community Pharmacy Agreement.
These changes included:
• Capping to 20 per month the number of Home Medicine Reviews able to be performed by an accredited pharmacist; and
• Capping to 10 per month the number of either Medschecks or DiabetesMedschecks able to be performed by a pharmacy.
I am extremely disappointed with this announcement.
The effect of the changes announced by the Guild will be to significantly reduce the number of patients able to access these services.
These programs are capable of delivering exceptional results, not only improving patient’s health but also reducing hospital admissions and delivering significant long term savings to health budgets.
On top of this, the changes will have a significant impact on pharmacists, especially the nearly 20,000 non-owner pharmacists who are the backbone of community pharmacy in Australia.
By capping both of these programs it further reduces our ability to be a part of front line health care, threatening to deskill our profession.
As a passionate and proud community pharmacists I urge you to intervene and reverse these changes.
Why is this important?
Without consultation, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia - the group representing pharmacy owners - has announced changes to the programs delivered through the Community Pharmacy Agreement. These changes, to cap the number of HMRs and Medschecks/DiabetesMedscheck able to be performed, will not only be bad for patients but for the future of community pharmacy.
The future of community pharmacy lies in the delivery of professional health services. Pharmacist need to be allowed to use our skills and be a fundamental part of frontline health care delivery.
These changes will only take us further from that goal.
We need to urge the Health Minister to intervene and reverse these changes.
We need to tell him that these changes will damage professional standards in pharmacy that will ultimately lead to poorer outcomes for patients.