New Health Minister
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”.