Federal Court threatens GP's 24/7 pharmacy dreams

Judge pans Greg Hunt's 'intellectual engagement' on the issue, creating a legal headache for the clinic

A GP who overcame the Byzantine pharmacy location rules to open a 24-hour chemist co-located in his practice could be forced to close it on a technicality.

Australian court decision

In 2017, Melbourne GP Dr Alan Cunneen’s plan to open a co-located pharmacy was foiled when the Federal Court declared that Pinewood Shopping Village, next door to the clinic, was technically not a shopping centre — despite having more than 60 shops and parking for 500 cars.

The decision meant the pharmacy could not open under a rule that says new pharmacies are not