- The Australian
- 12:00AM October 7, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Ms Ley Says She Is Going To Address Doctor Shopping Again. But Is She Serious?
Here is a recent report on last week’s COAG Health Meeting:
Health Minister Sussan Ley will seek to revive plans for a national pharmaceutical drug reporting system in an effort to stop people shopping around for dangerous quantities of painkillers and tranquillisers.
At a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments’ health council today, Ms Ley will again raise the need for all jurisdictions to connect to an “electronic recording and reporting of controlled drugs’’ system.
A steering committee has been looking at implementation issues, but health groups are concerned by the slow progress since the federal government made the software available in 2012.
Ms Ley last night said she wanted the states to take to a December meeting of health officials their “well-developed proposals’’ explaining how the system would be implemented.
A framework endorsed by federal, state and territory health ministers more than three years ago warned that painkillers and tranquillisers were causing increasing addiction, overdoses, trafficking and crime.
Note that this has now all been festinating for three years!
Here is what COAG actually said:
The Federal and state and territory Health Ministers met in Canberra at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by the Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.
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7 October 2016
The Federal and state and territory Health Ministers met in Canberra today at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by the Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.
….. (13 Items omitted.)
Jurisdictions agreed to further progress a national real-time prescription monitoring system that alerts doctors and pharmacists to people who are abusing prescription drugs by doctor or pharmacy shopping. Jurisdictions agreed to bring to the December AHMAC meeting an update on their progress.
Here is the link:
So the delay continues and all we get in December is an update on the (?non) progress.
Really it is pretty pathetic and irresponsible.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, October 12, 2016