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