Pharmacy union claims state could use members to make savings

The state could make substantial savings if it gave pharmacists a greater role in providing primary care services, the incoming president of the Irish Pharmacy Union has claimed.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
24th April, 2010

The state could make substantial savings if it gave pharmacists a greater role in providing primary care services, the incoming president of the Irish Pharmacy Union has claimed.

Darragh O’Loughlin, the new head of the IPU, which represents about 1,600 pharmacists, said that the government should review the community pharmacy contract. He said that pharmacists were an ‘‘under utlised resource’’ in the health system.

‘‘The Oireachtas committee on health and...

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