Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (188)

Michael Harty

Question:

188. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Health the action he plans to take on the new rules of an organisation (details supplied) regarding pharmacy assistants and their roles, responsibilities and to limit their ability to cover pharmacists for temporary absence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25712/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Pharmacy Act 2007, my role in relation to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland PSI (Temporary Absence of Pharmacist from Pharmacy) Rules is limited to their consideration once submitted to me for my consent.

In this case, the Rules in question are currently subject to legal challenge. As a result, they are not currently under consideration.

I am not in a position to comment any further due to the legal challenge.