Govt accused of ‘bending rules’ for super clinic
THE federal government has been accused of “bending” the rules after announcing a GP super clinic set for regional Victoria is to house an on-site pharmacy.
This decision comes despite strict pharmacy licensing restrictions preventing a neighbouring medical centre from doing the same.
Local media reported construction on the $6.6 million Wodonga super clinic was to begin this week, with government press releases trumpeting that its range of services will include a pharmacy.
It comes just weeks after the privately funded Tristar Medical Centre opened on the same street.
Tristar CEO Dr Khaled El-Sheikh told MO he had planned an in-house pharmacy but was told he could not have one because the pharmacy agreement prohibits a new pharmacy from opening within 1 km of an existing pharmacy.
The agreement also stops an existing pharmacy from moving within 500 m of another.
With at least one pharmacy within 500