Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

NZ will lose pharmacists due to stat dispensing

Dr Lynda Scott National Health Spokesperson

3 September 2003

NZ will lose pharmacists due to stat dispensing

Pharmacy closures and reduced pharmacy services due to stat dispensing are leaving student pharmacists half trained, unregistered and heading overseas for jobs, National says.

National Health spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott says the Pharmaceutical Society has confirmed that only 80 of 170 students have placements for their 2004 intern year.

Dr Scott says pharmacies can't afford to employ interns because the change back to three-monthly dispensing has substantially hit their incomes.

"Student pharmacists are getting the same answer from pharmacies as they trawl the country for work - pharmacies that previously employed interns can no longer afford to take them on because of stat dispensing.

"We're training pharmacists to fail because they can't get the work experience they need. These students need internships to complete their qualification for registration, but this change is driving them overseas.

"Three years ago, the Prime Minister opened the new Auckland pharmacy school. But now students are searching for internships in Australia so they can qualify and take jobs there.

'Today the Health Minister had the cheek to stand up in Parliament and crow that stat dispensing is successful - yet I am getting complaints and concerns from all around the country," says Dr Scott.

"Three-monthly dispensing has been a rushed and ill-considered decision whose only saving grace is the concession allowing doctors the final say on frequency of dispensing. The decision has ignored the needs of many communities to have pharmacies, and has ignored safety issues and the needs of the elderly in rest homes.

"The cost to communities, our elderly and other patients - and now our students - will far outweigh any money the Government saves," says Dr Scott.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election