The Guild has said it will release ‘The Roadmap – The Strategic Direction For Community Pharmacy”. Based on the Guild’s recent efforts, we suspect it will be a road to nowhere.
Considering the so-called “great outcomes” from the fifth Guild Government Agreement, we can have little confidence. After having rubber stamped the stripping of $1 billion from community pharmaciesincome, and then having the audacity to get taxpayers to fund the delivery of electronic prescriptions(which still costs pharmacy owners), we now have the Guild wanting to continue its ham-fisted control of the future directions of community pharmacy by the announcement of its “great big plan” for thefuture.We get this from an organisation that for the last four agreements has resisted every opportunity to
implement change that could have been incremental but truly significant over time. Consequently we have a rigid structure of service delivery that is based almost totally on one source of income -PBSdispensing, and a practice that is not consumer focussed. Through blinkered leadership, we have lostopportunity after opportunity to diversify this income base over the years, and this year it is no exception.
In fact the chickens have come home to roost with the loss of $1 billion. Yet we have the Guild on another frolic of its own in proposing a paper about how they (and of course only they) will develop a blue print for the future of pharmacy. . Are we going to have the ridiculous situation where one special interest group decides it will produce its own report and ignore the opinions of everybody else?
Exactly what input do they expect or envisage in developing their “roadmap” from every other part of the profession, consumers and other health professionals in formulating this blueprint? Let us predict the answer now; zero. The time has now come for the Guild to clearly state what their level of support is, for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's green and white paper discussions. Again we see the Guild displaying its usual but stunning disregard and lack of respect for all other stakeholders in our industry.
APESMA simply calls on the Guild to take a deep breath, admit is hasn't got all the answers, and for Guild to join with other representatives of the profession to develop a truly integrated, responsive and sustainable pharmacy blueprint.
We really have this one chance to bring in change for the next generation of pharmacists.
For further information contact Geoff March, President, Pharmacy Division of APESMA on 08 8302 2635 or 0421324213; or Chris Walton, CEO APESMA on 0417368552
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