New Health Minister appointed

The federal Government has named Greg Hunt as the new Minister for Health, replacing Sussan Ley who resigned over an expenses controversy.

Mr Hunt will move to the health portfolio from his current role as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia National President George Tambassis says the Guild looks forward to working closely and constructively with Mr Hunt during what is a challenging time for the health system, and in particular for the community pharmacy sector.

“Greg Hunt takes over the portfolio at a time when there are a number of unresolved issues of concern to community pharmacy in Australia,” Mr Tambassis said.

“It’s critical that these issues are addressed and resolved quickly and satisfactorily to give security to community pharmacists so they can continue their work in improving the health outcomes of all Australians.

“During the year, the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement will reach its halfway mark and the Pharmacy Guild is committed to working with the Minister and the federal Government to ensure the agreement’s funding is fully and appropriately expended on programs and initiatives to improve health outcomes for patients and consumers.

“To achieve this, we need to work together to resolve any and all outstanding issues to clear the way to move forward.

“We are confident of a constructive and positive relationship with Mr Hunt who brings to the position a broad wealth of political experience.

“The Guild will be seeking early discussions with the new minister and his office.”