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

 


Shonky Pharmacy Services Agreement Needs To Be Reviewed

Barbara Stewart MP
Spokesperson for Health

13 November 2012

Shonky Pharmacy Services Agreement Needs To Be Reviewed

New Zealand First is calling on the Government to review the implementation of its new Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (CPSA).

The call for a review comes because of uncertainty amongst pharmacies over the new service for patients, and how pharmacists will be paid.

Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart says the agreement is without precedent internationally and was rushed into law without adequate checks and balances.

“The implementation of the CPSA was pushed through with no trials or analysis to ensure it would work efficiently and effectively.

“It is a blunt instrument riddled with loopholes and uncertainty which allow it to be manipulated, without the ability to audit in a timely and effective way.

“Health Minister Tony Ryall must order a review of the system.”

Mrs Stewart says a review may well find that the flawed CPSA is too difficult to fix and needs to be scrapped.

“New Zealand First has learned that there are concerns held over the potential for inappropriate use of funding.

“There is also growing alarm by pharmacists that the Government will not be able to adequately resource the audits of the CPSA,” says Mrs Stewart.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news