A bit more up beat.

I was at the IPU Eastern Region AGM last week and I am a bit more up beat about the situation.  I still think that the HSE will appeal the Hickey decision if only to give themselves more time.  The decision of the court that it is the Minister for Health that has to give the final word and that the contract states that there has to be consultation between the Minister and the Pharmaceutical Contractors Committee takes the HSE out of this loop.  Even though there is very little to base an appeal on other than that they don’t like the decision I think that it will be appealed so that the HSE does not have to pay out in this financial year.  This should give them time to negotiate a settlement, i.e. a new contract, and keep within budget for this year.

As for last weeks announcement  that the HSE wants to withdraw the automatic entitlement to medical cards for those over 70.  I think that it is a non-runner for exactly the same reason that it was introduced in the first place.  The over 70’s get out and vote in numbers. The air heads in the HSE might like it but the more politically minded will see that this part of the plan is scuppered.  From a pharmacy point of view (although not society) this would be a positive as it would move patients from GMS to private/DPS.  It would also save the HSE hassle as they would not have to find a solution for parts of their disputes with pharmacists and the GPs. However I think that politics will ensure that this is buried for now (at least).

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Doing business with the HSE

I have an Irish friend who lives in Africa who is relatively up to speed with the HSE dispute. He sent me an email today about doing business in a for now un-named African country. It seems like doing business with the HSE as he put in his email. Now I am not saying that this is the same as the HSE but they seem to have a similar disregard for public money. How else can you explain all the levels of management with nothing except more losing court cases to show for it.
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the State House in un-named African country;
one from Kisumu,
another from Kakamega
and the third, from Kiambu.

They go with a State House official to examine the fence.
The Kisumu contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well”, he says, “I figure the job will run about 900,000.00: 400,000.00 for materials, 400,000.00 for my crew and 100,000.00 profit for me.”
The Kakamega contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for 700,000.00: 300,000.00 for materials, 300,000.00 for my crew and 100,000.00 profit for me.”
The Kiambu contractor doesn’t measure or figure, butleans over to the State House official and whispers, “2,700,000.00.”
The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”
The Kiambu contractor whispers back, 1,000,000.00 for me, 1,000,000.00 for you, and we hire the guy from Kakamega to fix the fence.”
“Done!” replies the government official.
And friends, that is how business in un-named African country works!

Hickey Judgement Soon

Ms Justice Finlay Geoghegan is due to give her judgement in the Hickeys Court Case on Thursday 11 September at 11am in Court 13.

This is much quicker than we had expected.  Is it good news or bad?  The suspense is intense.  Mind you either way it’s going to the Supreme Court.