New Health Min­is­ter

Pharmacy Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

NEW Zealand’s newly elected Labour Gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed its Min­is­ter of Health, with the party’s long-time health spokesman Dr David Clark tak­ing up the role.

The Phar­macy Guild of NZ wel­comed the ap­point­ment, say­ing Clark had pre­vi­ously stated that the af­ford­able pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity health care ser­vices and eq­uity of ac­cess for all New Zealan­ders hinged on phar­ma­cists prac­tis­ing “at the top of their scope”.

Clark has in­di­cated his fo­cus will be on restor­ing fund­ing to al­low ac­cess for all, a “real fo­cus on pri­mary care,” re­view­ing men­tal health ser­vices, and ad­dress­ing stan­dards of care and the fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity of aged care ser­vices.

NZ Guild ceo An­drew Gaudin said com­mu­nity phar­macy was ideally placed to of­fer sup­port and ad­vice in each of these ar­eas.

“We look for­ward to en­gag­ing with the new Health Min­is­ter to fur­ther de­velop phar­macy’s role as a pro­fes­sional and ac­ces­si­ble health care ser­vice provider within our com­mu­ni­ties and wish Hon Dr Clark all the best in this com­plex role sup­port­ing the health and well­be­ing of New Zealan­ders”.

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