Many Pharmacists around Australia have had the opportunity to meet
recently with Michael Tachell and Bill Scott, following a Pharmacy Guild
Our opinions regarding the NHS and the HIC were sought to provide
constructive criticism on how the NHS might better serve the Australian
The Guild, in its negotiations for the Fourth Pharmacy Agreement with
the Government, will speak with greater authority for it's membership
The biggie that Aged Care providers felt strongly about was the use of
Medication Charts instead of prescriptions and monthly claims based on
usage (allowing for multidose medication changes during the month).
That eliminates sending scripts out for signing (and their loss),
owing prescriptions and annoying Doctors with script requests.
By this one change alone it would free up time for Doctors, free up
Pharmacy staff currently paper shuffling and also save time and money
for the Government.
Legions of HIC staff currently checking paper claims would be
redeployed and minimal staff auditing Medication Charts at Aged Care
sites would be needed.
With lateral thinking, Homes could provide monthly Med. Charts
directly to the HIC to serve to audit Pharmacist's work.
Many Homes and/or their Pharmacists have electronic Med. Charts
Sure, Pharmacists might forgo a dispensing fee in dispensing in
monthly amounts (one 30 Temaze instead of two scripts of 25), but this
would even out (30, 60 or 90 Slow K instead of a 200, for instance).
For the HIC there would be less wastage (that same Slow K patient
ceased during the month, saving say 170 of a 200 script).
Many other issues were addressed and I look forward to a demonstration
that the HIC's focus is forward and is not driving peering into the rear
To all i2P readers, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Steve Rogers
Community Pharmacist specialising in Aged Care service.