Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (119)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

206 Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children the status of the Mortell report; the action he proposes to take to respond to the report’s reference to the subsidisation of pharmacy services in disadvantaged circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6320/04]

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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 not be appropriate for me to comment on the report's recommendations before completion of this examination. I intend to publish the report shortly.