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Minor Ailment scheme Must Be Maintained

6 August, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said that the Department of Health must work with the Pharmaceutical Contractors Committee (PCC) to ensure that the minor ailment scheme is maintained.

Ms Anderson said,

"The minor ailment scheme has run since 2005 and involves pharmacists dispensing medication for ailments such as colds or flu's.

"Over 200,000 people avail of the scheme in 518 pharmacies across the North but it is in danger of collapsing unless there is agreement between the PCC and Department of Health.

"It is estimated that the current system saves the Department around £8 million per year but if the PCC remove themselves from the scheme then extra cost will be incurred by the department as people will have to go to their doctors for appointments and prescriptions.

"I am calling on the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey to intervene so that this dispute can be resolved and that the minor ailment scheme is maintained

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