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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 701

Senator KEEFFE - My question to the

Minister for Health is supplementary to the one I asked a few moments ago. Can the Minister inform the Parliament whether it is a fact that one aspect of the survey carried out in 1964 was a time and motion study of a chemist dispensing a prescription? Is it a fact that chemists are required to hold a degree, or an equivalent certificate, to practise their profession? Does the Minister admit that the chemist qualifies for payment for know-how as the chemist is the last person to check a drug before it goes into someone's blood stream? In the Minister's opinion, does the chemist qualify for the responsibility consideration?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON It is obvious that the honourable senator does not appreciate the brief given to him. The physical check is not of their skill but relates to the time factor. We all acknowledge that one of the main areas of disputation has arisen from the physical examination of various pharmacies. The area of disputation has not arisen from the totality of the check as the honourable senator imagines; it is related rather to this one aspect which is a peripheral matter I thought I had made it clear that this matter was currently under discussion between the Commonwealth and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. In replying to the question I do not want to get into that area.

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