Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (89)

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

201 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health and Children when the Mortell report will be published; his views on the future regulation of pharmacy services in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1997/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I established the pharmacy review group in November 2001 to examine the pharmacy issues raised in the OECD report on regulatory reform in Ireland. The group submitted its report on 31 January 2003. I have been examining the complex legal and other issues surrounding the group's recommendations. Deputies will appreciate that it would be not be appropriate for me to comment on the report's recommendations before completion of this examination. I intend to publish the report shortly.