Pharmacy ownership the ultimate turf protection: Morton

Replacing GP consultations with pharmacy visits ignores the reality of the skills and training of both professions, a senior AMA official says.

Responding to recent criticism by health academics over Medicare reforms, Dr Brian Morton (pictured), chair of the AMA's Council of General Practice, says the so-called turf-war over task substitution was in fact an argument that ignored the strict ownership rules surrounding community pharmacy.

“The easy option is to raise turf protection but it needs an