Last week I heard rumours that there had been two pharmacist resignations from the PSI Council. I emailed the PSI asking them to confirm or deny and to date I have not had any reply on this matter. I recognize that they might well have confidentiality issues and that they couldn’t possibly comment.
So today I decided to attend the public session of the PSI Council meeting. As soon as the meeting started I quickly confirmed in my own mind who the two resigning members were. Apologies were made for those not present and all the other members had name tags in front of their seats. There was no mention nor any name tags for the presumably now ex-members of the Council.
Towards the end of the meeting there was a very bland sounding item on the agenda. “Policy and Procedure for the use of Executive Sessions.” From the discussion on this I got a very negative feeling about relations between the executive and some of the Council. My overall impression was that all was not well in this house of cards.
Then this evening I heard more rumours of another pharmacist resigning from the Council. I must stress that all these are rumours. There has been no comment, official or otherwise from the PSI and neither has there been any comment that I’m aware from from the pharmacists concerned. And therein lies part of the problem.
If the rumours are untrue I think that the PSI should issue a statement removing any doubt. If they are true then we need to know what the hell is going on. The PSI have introduced many guidelines and directives. They have taken a lot of money in fees from pharmacists and pharmacies to fund their enforcement. We need to know how it is being spent. They have reserves of nearly €11 million and it is difficult to see what they need such a large reserve for. They are accountable to the Minister for Health but I don’t see him doing very much for now.
Today I prepared an article for June’s edition of Irish Pharmacist but events of the past few hours have rendered it out of date already. This is always an issue when dealing with publication dates so far in advance. I had titled the article “Strange days Indeed.” Little did I realise how strange today would turn out.