IPU Statement on FEMPI Reversal for GPs
Pharmacists demand immediate action to restore fees
5 April 2019: The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) while welcoming the reports today of a new deal which sees the Government commit to reversing cuts to GP fees during the recession, has demanded a similar immediate reversal of cuts in fees to pharmacists.
Commenting on the news, Darragh O’Loughlin, Secretary General of the IPU said, “We note the reports regarding the reversal of FEMPI cuts for GPs. This is a positive step towards restoring funding into primary care. This restoration must be delivered in an equitable fashion to other professions that experienced cuts including community pharmacists”
“There are currently over 1800 community pharmacies delivering services to patients throughout the country each of which bear the scars of FEMPI, which removed €1.4 billion in revenue from pharmacy between 2009 and 2017.
“With FEMPI now being reversed and pay restored for public servants and GPs it is essential pharmacists are not treated differently. We expect urgent engagement with the Department of Health on this matter and look forward to working constructively with them to deliver real reform for patients and communities in Ireland.”