MEDIA RELEASE 2 December 2021 The National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) extends its thanks to Health Minister Greg Hunt for his leadership and recognises his significant achievements in the portfolio he has held since 2017.
Following the announcement that the Minister will retire at the next election, NPSA Chair Richard Vincent said, “Greg Hunt has worked tirelessly and with a deep dedication to improving the health of Australians. He has combined a clear understanding of the complex issues across the health landscape with an ability to bring stakeholders together and deliver outcomes.
“In particular, we are grateful for the Minister’s attention to NPSA’s medicine distribution network and the successful negotiation of the 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement, securing the ongoing sustainable and reliable supply of vital medicines.
“Greg Hunt always recognised the importance of the Community Service Obligation (CSO) and this has contributed to our ability to maintain a medicine distribution network that is the envy of the world; a network that stood up to all tests during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“NPSA members have appreciated the Minister’s openness, comprehensive knowledge of our sector, attention to detail and willingness to work collaboratively to reach the best solutions and outcomes for all. His patient-centric focus will ensure a lasting legacy, especially in relation to making innovative medicines available on the PBS.
“We sincerely thank Greg Hunt for his distinguished 20 years of public service and send our very best wishes to him and his family for the future.”