High Tech Stock-take

Like most of you this morning I received the package from the PCRS with details of the proposed High Tech Stock-take for 31st Dec. I have to stress that we have no responsibility, duty or obligation under our GMS contracts to take part in the stock-take. For the last few years as a gesture of good will I have been sending in a paper copy in the yellow bag.

This year following the shenanigans of the HSE/PCRS/Min for Health I will not be completing any High Tech Stock-take. Unless of course they pay me for my time. I reckon that there is one to two hours work involved with this. For that a fee of €250 (plus VAT of course) should cover it. I don’t expect any help from the IPU on this one either.

The High Tech Hub has been a disaster in terms of providing much needed medicines to the sickest in our community. Many consultants don’t cooperate with it, suppliers operate Mon-Fri, 9 to 5 ordering and delivery schedules and getting approval outside of these hours is a logistical nightmare. It’s bad enough in Dublin but if you live beyond the pale and get a discharge prescription on a Friday evening then it sometimes it can be Tuesday evening before you get your vital medicine.

Pharmacists have jumped through hoops too many times to bail out the HSE and look after patients. If the HSE want us to count THEIR stock then they can bloody well pay us to do so.

And don’t get me started on the other joke that is the Hardship Scheme.

David Kavanagh MPSI

Dear Colleagues,

You will now have received your ballot paper in the post for the upcoming PSI council elections. I would appreciate your #1 vote.

My main reason for running for council is a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the profession. I am an employee community pharmacist, and have been for nearly a decade. I would hope to bring to the council a strong understanding of the practicalities the implementation of legislation has on us as community pharmacists at a local level. We need to stand up and be heard. I am confident that I will be that voice as a strong advocate for community pharmacists and their patients.

The PSI’s role is to ensure that pharmacy services are delivered in a competent, professional and ethical manner, in an appropriate environment, to the highest standards of quality, care, and best practice, ensuring the well-being of patients and the public. Having undertaken a Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law in RCSI, I can bring this experience to the council table in ensuring that we meet our mandate.

I will be a voice for pharmacists around the country regardless of their practice area. I will represent those who have no contact on the council to guide them on issues relating to the council and it’s remit.

Thank you,

David Kavanagh MPSI

Siobhán Cuddy MPSI

RUNNING FOR PSI COUNCIL

If you want a Passionate, Independent, Community Pharmacist , Vote for Siobhán Cuddy. MPSI for council.

Community Pharmacy is in my blood. I was born into a pharmacy family and I have been a strong voice for community pharmacy for the past 25 years.

I want to optimise how different branches of the profession work together and how different Health Care Professionals work together.

I am passionately dedicated to pharmacy and I want to serve pharmacy, community pharmacy and pharmacy profession as a whole, and how it integrates with other health care professionals.

Now, I have the time and energy to give back and represent myself and my profession, and be of service overall in a new and different way to the way I have been of service for decades in my community.

I am passionate about pharmacy leadership and ‘patient centered’ care and liaising with other health care providers that support our patients, for example, I have been a participant and contributor to an interdisciplinary, award winning and accredited online platform.

When I closed my pharmacy , I was very clear what would be the optimum contribution I could make to pharmacy. Therefore , I would be so honoured if you gave me the opportunity to serve you on council and represent our profession.

Please vote for me.

Mark Jordan MPSI

I should just point out that Mark and I are not related (I’m not related to any of the other candidates either.)

My name is Mark Jordan. I am a Community Pharmacist based in Castlebar Co. Mayo and I am seeking election to the PSI council of Ireland. Having qualified in 2016 and as I mentioned in my short biography on the PSI website, I became enamoured with our profession. I began to search out my role in the wider community of Pharmacists with an aim to develop on my personal and professional skills whilst also solidifying my professional legacy by acting in any way possible to encourage a cohesive and pro-communicative profession. Part of this development is the opportunity to achieve change for the profession as an elected member of the PSI council. Throughout this journey to date I have, as many of you have, encountered reasons to ask `why?`. Why do ninety five percent of our colleagues feel that the work is very hard? Is it because our professional obligations make it so? Ninety one percent of Irish Pharmacists believe this to be true. It seems the professional workforce feel the future of Pharmacy is undermined. Why? I am not in the business of making promises that have and will again be broken. As Albert Einstein once famously said, `Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity`. Therefore my sole promise is to ask why. I want to work for the betterment of patient care but also for the betterment of the professional and the level of care we receive. My vision, if elected is to do so by simply asking `why` at any and all opportunities. Based on the statistics it is clear that our peers see the system as flawed. However change is not something that is won on the back of electoral campaign promises that can never be delivered upon. Change is a successive mindset which propagates progressional movement in a direction chosen by those who wish to implement it. Our profession is a rich and historic one, we must work to protect its future and with it the patients we all so diligently serve. Entrusting an enthusiastic, hard working and charismatic leader to the PSI Council is certainly the correct manner in which we can achieve this change and I am of the opinion I can fulfil that description. If anyone would like me to develop on any of the points mentioned in this short biographical piece please do not hesitate to contact me at markjamesjordan1@gmail.com .

Go raibh maith agaibh

Mark Jordan MPSI.

PSI Elections & Qualified Assistants

So the hustings are on. One group who don’t have any representation on the PSI Council are the Qualified Assistants. Of course we all know that the PSI would just love them to disappear. (Fat chance of that happening!)

One thing I would like to know is how the eleven candidates feel about the QAs. Do they support the PSI’s preferred new regulations? Do they think that the Pharmacy Act should be amended to recognise the wealth of experience and knowledge of the QAs?

They are a small enough group but they are going to be around for the next 10-12 years at least, that’s 5-6 Council elections. They have already started the process of bringing their case to the High Court so the PSI can’t pretend that this is going away and it can all be swept under the rug.

So will any of our candidates put their head above the parapet? Or maybe they are practicing for their hoped for time on the Council.

Come on! If you have anything to say on the matter just put it in the comments or email me and I’ll put it up there for you.