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Sinn Féin welcomes HSE and IPU resumption of discussions

22 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has this morning welcomed the news that Pharmacists intend to resume dispensing methadone following an agreement between the HSE and Irish Pharmacists Union (IPU) to re-enter negotiations on community pharmacy services dispensing fees.


Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:


“I welcome the decision by pharmacists to reinstate their methadone dispensing services.


“I understand that the HSE and IPU have agreed to set up a process of negotiation to discuss community pharmacy service dispensing fees reimbursement. The acceptance that pharmacies have a right to representation by the IPU in these negotiations is also an important step forward.


“However should these negotiations break down at any point in the future I would urge pharmacies not to withdraw methadone dispensing services. Recovering addicts are perhaps amongst the country’s most vulnerable patients whom already have odds stacked against them.


“During last weeks action by pharmacies we saw chaotic situations in clinics throughout Dublin already under resourced and over stretched. Recovering addicts were put in predatory situations and working lives were destabilised. Our most vulnerable in society should never be used as bargaining chips in a dispute.” CRIOCH



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