Pharmacists being ‘pushed over a cliff’

Pharmacists are claiming that hundreds of chemists will have to close down if the government pushes ahead with fee cuts. Susan Mitchell reports

1st August, 2009

It was back in 2002 that Dermot Twomey addressed 150 pharmacists at a meeting in Cork and warned them that the good times would not last forever.

The treasurer of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the pharmacists’ representative body, told them that the fees generated from dispensing medicines under the state drugs schemes would not remain as high they were.

‘‘I knew things had to change, but I had no idea that the minister for health...

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