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May 2002 issue Pharmacy Today magazine


Death to deregulation - signing the petition at Harris and Cameron Pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Guild's petition to Parliament calling on the retention of pharmacist ownership, appears to be off to a strong start.

Pharmacists are reporting a groundswell of public interest over the possible erosion of health services under deregulation.

Auckland's Harris and Cameron Pharmacy collected more than 300 signatures on day one of the petition's launch.

Adding spice to the campaign, Simon Cameron produced posters, one stating: "Sorry madam, I actually don't know the owner. If you wish to make a complaint you'll have to write to him in Germany where our head office is."

Miramar pharmacist Ann Privett speaking at the Pharmacy Conference open forum, told Health Minister Annette King that people in her electorate were showing strong support for pharmacy's position. She even had people walking in off the street, not to make purchases, but simply to sign the petition.

The Guild says no time has been set for the petition's delivery.

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