HSE and Harney won the pharmacy battle

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 4, 2009

Here are the bones of the content of my health slot on yesterdays RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime programme: 

When I walked into a pharmacy in a small town in West Cork on the 7th of August and they told me that they were fully dispensing despite their participation in the IPU action, I knew that Mary Harney and the HSE had won the battle and probably the war.

The ‘war’ was between the HSE/Dept of Health and pharmacies in the IPU over the reduction in fees paid under the community drugs scheme (I go into more detail on this in an earlier blog) to pharmacies.

It was a situation that has been going on for years whereby the government allowed fees paid to pharmacies under community drugs schemes to reach very high levels. (more…)