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Dunloy Pharmacy Too Long Overdue - Cavlan‏

6 July, 2008

Ballymoney Councillor Anita Cavlan has said that the Authorities cannot justify any further delay in approving a licence for a pharmacy in Dunloy.

It would appear that almost 12 months has elapsed since an application for a pharmacy for Dunloy was submitted, which was supported by a petition bearing 1000 signatures from all sections of the community.

Councillor Cavlan explained:

"Dunloy is a growing village with a population, I would suggest, well in excess of 2000 people yet doesn't have a pharmacy. In fact there are smaller villages within the borough that have benefited from such a facility for many years yet we don't seem to be any closer to meeting the wide range of needs required by the people of Dunloy.

"Pharmacies have developed considerably from the days of the dispensing chemist and now offer a wide and varied range of services including Minor Ailments Service, Managing Your Medicines Service, Smoking Cessation Service, Podiatry, Blood Pressure Testing, Reflexology, to name but a few. All of these services are enjoyed by outlying towns and villages including Ballymoney, Cloughmills and Rasharkin but not Dunloy.

"It is simply not good enough for the health authority to say that patients can avail of these outlying services or that prescriptions, for example, can be delivered. There is no good reason why the residents of Dunloy have been denied this service. I personally suspect that the application has been blocked or delayed by parties with a vested interest.

"The application was supported by over 1000 people, I understand that suitable premises have been identified, a pharmacist is willing to make what would amount to a substantial investment and employment would be created. I intend to lobby for immediate approval for this application and hopefully this would prove the first of many health services required in Dunloy, including a Medical Practice, Opticians and Dental Surgery." ENDS

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