Pharmacy agreement probe still going ahead

A motion calling for the inquiry was withdrawn from the Senate notice paper two weeks ago, prompting a Pharmacy Guild of Australia spokesperson to say the proposed inquiry had created instability and damaged confidence in the industry.

But Greens senator Dr Richard Di Natale (pictured) said the motion was due to go back before the Senate and “any instability or anxiety about a possible inquiry can be traced back to misleading statements from the guild itself”.

“If the guild has nothing to hide, then it should not be afraid of shining a light on the process for negotiating the Community Pharmacy Agreement,” he told MO.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the guild’s statements suggested it had something to hide.

“This is a very expensive program negotiated with a very small number of people with very little public scrutiny,” Dr Hambleton said.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek however