Not so much peace in our time but another ceasefire to allow both sides to re-group. The Dáil (read Fianna Fail, Greens and odd job independents) have voted confidence in Mary Harney’s tenure as Minister for Health. Were they ever going to do anything else? At least Ned O’Keeffe has some balls. Not a lot, he only stood down from the Parliamentary Party and not Fianna Fáil itself.
But it’s only a ceasefire, the cuts have been postponed (no mention until when) and not cancelled. They are back talking with the IPU via the Shipsey process but we have been there before. How are we to trust anything that is agreed this time. They reached agreement so many times only to rip them up the next day. Even if they were to produce a written agreement signed in blood over a stack of bibles in front of a bishop I would still take it with a
pinch sack of salt.
I met with some colleagues last night. Out of that meeting the key word to come out was respect. Honest common decency. For the HSE eaten bread is soon forgotten. We got them out of a pickle when we took on the methadone scheme, we have been operating the medical card at break even at best for a long time and now they don’t even reply to or acknowledge our letters. Mary Harney wanted more pharmacies for more competition, she got them. Then what does she do but cut the base out of the business model. Any one in business will tell you that you can’t give stock away at less than cost. You can’t give stock away at break even unless there is some come back some where else. For the GMS at break even the DPS and LTI are the recompense. I like many others did out a business plan when I went to the bank to re-mortgage my home and take out a business loan. That business plan is now meaningless. How many other business people could re-structure their business at less than 3 months notice? This presumes that the business is still viable under the new scheme of things. How many would let their customers dictate what price they are going to pay without any negotiations?
I going to stop now. I’m making myself sick in the stomach the more I write. I want to at least enjoy my tea and sandwich that I will eat at my dispensary counter. For some reason today I don’t have the time to go to Thorntons on the Green for truffles and foie gras washed down with a cheeky burgundy.