Fighting to survive

An integrated community-funded pharmacy/GP service controversially shut down by a federal government funding decision has been granted a stay of execution.

A Department of Health response to a question from Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale reveals Cohealth has been offered a contract extension till 31 December 2015.

The Department claims that the inner Melbourne pharmacy had its funding cut as it “cannot continue to be financially supported without approval under section 90 of the National Health Act”.