High street pharmacists reject £5m offer in escalating row over blister pack patient support
HIGH street pharmacists have rejected an offer of £5 million from the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and vowed to stand by their decision not to provide any further `goodwill' service of medicine tray filling in an escalating row over funding.
A motion to accept no new patients onto the medicine adherence service list was passed by 97 per cent of votes at a Community Pharmacy NI meeting and came into effect on Wednesday.
The HSCB said it is "disappointed" by the decision.
It said it already funds the service to the tune of £7m, with a further funding stream of £7.5m "which contributes, at least in part, to this service".
The board offered a further interim funding package of £5m until the end of March 2022.
However, Gerard Greene of Community Pharmacy NI said the offer "shows a complete lack of understanding" of the service and "falls well short of what is needed".