The HSE are set to spend a load of public money on consultants basically to get them to say what they want to hear. The tender looks for a review of pharmacy fees using amongst other things comparisons with other countries and discussions with key stakeholders. Surprisingly enough the key stakeholders don’t include pharmacists or our appointed representatives the Irish Pharmacy Union. Neither do the terms of reference include FEMPI which is still in force for pharmacy along with many other parts of the public service. They might even want to have a look back on the Dorgan Report that did exactly this several years ago. I guess that they are a bit afraid of their own expert groups opinion.
How much money will be wasted on this self serving report which will in all likelihood have to be scrapped because they won’t even talk to those at the coal face.