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Pharmacy Regulations.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 16 October 2007

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Ceisteanna (149, 150, 151)

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

222 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children the value of the dispensing fees and mark-up allowed on medications to retail chemists on prescribed medication in each of the past eight years; and the value of those paid to wholesale chemists over the same period. [23362/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

223 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children the contingency plan she is putting in place to deal with threats by pharmacists to discontinue methadone services and medical card services in order that patients will not be put at risk. [23363/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

245 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children the measures she plans as a contingency to ensure that medical card holders and other people in need of medication are not prevented from obtaining their medicines as a result of the industrial dispute between the Health Service Executive and the pharmacists; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23465/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I propose to take Questions Nos. 223 and 245 together.

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

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