Countdown pharmacy head sees bright future under new contract


Countdown pharmacy head sees bright future under new contract

Jeremy Armes
Countdown pharmacy business manager Jeremy Armes says the new contract contains many positive opportunities for the sector, and he is keen to work with DHB officials, not against them Photo:Supplied
Countdown’s pharmacy boss sees a positive future for the sector mapped out in the proposed pharmacy services contract, despite widespread rejection wi


I think it's pretty clear which direction the DHB wants pharmacy services to go in NZ. If a supermarket (budget) service supplier is in direct talks with the DHB and yet I can't then it's pretty clear that service quality is at odds with service cost.

After seeing the state of pharmacy in the UK (compared with here) I think we should be treading very carefully when asking a UK pharmacist about what the future of community pharmacy should look like in NZ.

Be careful what you ask might just get it!

Absolutely correct Dave . When you walk into many  big, branded UK  Chemists  , the first item that usually catches your attention is a ham sandwich , followed closely by their branded cosmetics , then lollies , then trinkets and some where in the distance you can spot an over worked Pharmacist in a teeny weeny dispensary .

Boot that model into touch.

There's really no mandate to complain about contract related issues when pharmacy representatives stopped turning up to negotiations in November. Countdown have obviously kept the lines of communication going and have made headway because of it.

Except pharmacy representatives didn't stop turning up to negotiations. That simply didn't happen. I absolutely do have a mandate to secure viable pharmacy services for the community I serve and I will continue to fight on their behalf for services with proven track records, rather than join into this ill-conceived experiment that has no grounding in reality.

Ok, maybe someone can prove that pharmacy reps didn't stop turning up.

DHBNZ has categorically stated they were not responsible for negotiations breaking down. I have never seen anything from the Guild to contradict that.