Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Health and Children

Pharmacy Services

12:00 pm

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 154: To ask the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 506 of 16 September 2009, the meetings held since in relation to the pharmacy dispute; the outcome of these meetings; the progress made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44183/09]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Dublin Mid West, Independent)
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I met the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) on 8 October 2009. At this meeting a number of issues were raised by the IPU including the development of pharmacy services in the future, the role of the pharmacist, unlicensed medicines, competition law in respect of negotiations on fees and payments and the impact of the restructured payments to pharmacists under the.Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Community Pharmacy Contractors) Regulations 2009. All of these matters are the subject of ongoing engagement between my Department and the IPU.


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