This mornings package from the PSI has already stirred up a bit of a hornets nest. Where the hell do they think they are doing? A whole pile of paperwork to be filled in, maps and building plans to be drawn up, legal documents to taken out of storage and Oh we have to pay them €2,500 for the privilege. Leave out the fact that they want all this done by 22nd December, less than 3 weeks away during the busiest time of the year for most pharmacies. Except that we are now no longer pharmacies or community pharmacists. We are now “Retail Pharmacy Businesses”. The PSI have already started using RPB as shorthand in it’s own correspondence. Possibly they have forgotten that we (and they) serve a community.
Now that they acknowledge that we are businesses then maybe they should realise that all businesses need to have financial planning. Some of the bigger businesses like Boots and Unicare may be able to find €2,500 at the drop of a hat but for smaller places €2,500 is a sizeable chunk of expenditure. And we are supposed to find it at less than 3 weeks notice. There is no indication that bigger pharmacies should pay more and smaller one less. For me €2,500 represents approximately 250 hours of OTC staff time. So Ambrose and Bernard which member of staff should I let go or at least cut back on hours so that you can have your pound of flesh on behalf of SWMBO Harney?
This combined with the pharmacist registration fees will mean that the PSI will have an income of approximately €6 million per year. What do they need all that money for? A few study trips to Florida and a chance to get a wash and blow dry while they are there. And all this has been approved by SWMBO Harney and the Dept. of Health.
Where did the figure of €2,500 come from. Considering that the equivalent fee in the UK is £162. The PSI and Harney need to publish their calculations. A bit of transparency wouldn’t go amiss here. I’m willing to take bets that this will not be willingly released and it will need a Freedom of Information request or a TD’s question in the Dáil to get any details.
I reckon that this is Harney’s spiteful last sting of a dying wasp at the pharmacists. We took her and her court jester Prof Dum Dum on and won. The voting public have rejected the PDs and their policies. Thanks to Dig Out Bertie she still has power and she wants her revenge. She didn’t object to the PSI having to pay Capital Gains Tax on the sale of their two premises knowing that any shortfall in their budget could be lumped onto pharmacists. It is also a sneaky way of making pharmacists pay for the legal costs of the HSE ill fated court cases. “We’ll get you one way or another” I can hear then sneer under their breath.
So for now I will be sending an email to the PSI.
I am unable to deal with your package regarding registration of my RPB. As you are no doubt aware December is the busiest time of year for most RPBs, including mine. December 31st is also my financial year end so as thing stand I will be unable to deal with this matter until the second or third week in January at the earliest. I trust you will understand my delay in dealing with this matter.”
I’ll leave it at that for now.