Pharmacists claim HSE pricing will cost jobs

Survey shows closures and pay cuts are anticipated in 'depressing outlook' for sector, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
10th November, 2013
Seven in every ten pharmacies expect to make staff redundant next year. Photo: Thinkstock

One in every three pharmacies said the state's new payment system for medicines will make their business loss-making, while seven in every ten pharmacies expect to make staff redundant in 2014.

In a major survey of pharmacists, which was carried out by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), more than 70 per cent of respondents said redundancies were either ''likely'' or ''very likely'' next year.

The Irish Pharmacy Sector Outlook Report predicts that 1,516 people will lose their jobs...

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