Ministers not endorsing Harper Review

Government responses to the call for pharmacy deregulation made this week by the Competition Policy Review have been lukewarm.

While the review, chaired by Professor Ian Harper, advocates sweeping away existing community pharmacy ownership and location rules, the political response has to date been non-committal.

Health Minister Sussan Ley (pictured) has not yet responded directly to the review, with her office directing media enquiries to previous statements on the negotiations for the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.