The Pharmacy Guild of Australia calls on the Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation Review to disclose its dealings with Deloitte Australia to address concerns that the Review’s independence and credibility have been compromised.
The Review engaged Deloitte Australia to conduct a study of international pharmacy remuneration and regulation, including comparison with the Australian model.
At the same time, Deloitte has produced a major report which was appended to the Chemist Warehouse submission to the Review on reforming ownership and location rules for community pharmacy in Australia.
In the Guild’s view, there is a fundamental conflict of interest having an organisation working for the Review, and at the same time participating in submissions to the Review.
The National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, said: “This conflict seriously undermines the independence of the Review and makes it virtually impossible for it to make untainted recommendations, particularly in regard to location rules.”
There appears to have been a serious breakdown in the Review’s due diligence in the engagement of this consultancy and a failure to be transparent and take rectifying action once the conflict of interest became known last September.
It is imperative that all documentation relating to the Review’s interactions with Deloitte is made public as soon as possible. The Guild is pursuing a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to hold the Review accountable, but this action need not proceed if the Review were to release all relevant information in a transparent and accountable way.
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