Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Questions without Notice
My question is to Minister Ludwig, representing the Minister for Health. Further to Senator Macdonald's line of questions in relation to the chemotherapy drug docetaxel, does the minister acknowledge that the Cancer Council of Australia, the Australian Lung Foundation, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia, the community pharmacy sector, National Seniors Australia and CanSpeak, the peak advocacy body for cancer sufferers, have all combined to condemn the proposed 1 December changes on the basis that it could, (1) compromise the safety of patients; (2) result in undue cost to patients and their families; and (3) adversely affect access to equitable and timely treatment? Does the minister consider that all these groups have got it wrong?