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Chemists' remuneration to be determined by 1 July



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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. M. J. R. MACKELLAR

CHEMISTS' REMUHERATION TO BE DETERMINED BY 1 JULY . '

The appointment of Mr K.C. McKenzie, a Deputy President

of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, as

chairman of an independent tribunal to determine the rate of remuneration paid to chemists for the supply of Pharmaceutical

Benefits, was announced today by the Minister for Health, the

Hon. Michael MacKellar.

Amendments to the National Health Act necessary to establish

the tribunal were agreed to by Parliament on 7 May 1981.

Mr MacKellar said that the other members of the tribunal

would be appointed in the near future.

However, as the Government had agreed that the level

of chemists' remuneration would be reviewed and any changes

implemented by 1 July, Mr McKenzie will conduct the initial

hearing independently.

Pledging the Government's full co-operation, and

urging that of other interested, parties, Mr MacKellar said

that determinations would be binding on both the Government

and chemists.

Mr, MacKellar said that the establishment of the tribunal

would remove from the political arena the question of chemists'

fees, at the same time providing a forum in which the parties could publicly argue their case and ensuring that the outcome

would be determined by an independent body.

The tribunal replaces the Statutory Joint Committee on Pharmaceutical Benefits, made up of representatives of the

Pharmacy Guild and the Government and chaired by a Deputy

President of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, Mr Justice Ludeke.

• Mr MacKellar paid tribute to Mr Justice Ludeke who, he said, had proved an outstanding chairman.

CANBERRA.: 12 May 1981