Pharmacies are a vital part of our health system
Every day, people across NSW rely on pharmacists to provide advice, treat minor ailments and fill prescriptions.
Unfortunately, there are a limited number of pharmacies which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The inability to visit a pharmacy affects many people, including parents with sick children and shift-workers.
While there is demand for 24/7 pharmacies, it can be difficult for pharmacists to commit the resources necessary to establish themselves in the community as providers of a 24/7 service.
Labor will help five more pharmacies stay open 24/7
Michael Daley and Labor will help five existing pharmacies to expand their opening hours so they operate 24/7.
Labor will provide grants worth a total of $5 million over three years to help five existing pharmacies to operate 24/7. This funding will allow pharmacies to employ:
- A pharmacist;
- A pharmacy assistant; and
- A security guard.
The funding will be allocated to pharmacies through a competitive tender process. The tender process will allocate funding to pharmacies which are:
- Near a hospital or a precinct which already includes 24/7 shopping; and
- Located in a community which is not already served by a 24/7 pharmacy.
Labor’s plan to increase the number of 24/7 pharmacies will help more people access healthcare when they need it.