A delegation from the IPU including Dermot Twomey (President), Kathy Maher (Chair of PCC), Sharon Foley (Secretary General), Susan O’ Dwyer (Head of Governance and Pharmacy Services) and, Jim Curran (Director of Public Affairs and Communications), appeared at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health on Wednesday morning (8 March) to discuss the potential of community pharmacy and the significant contribution the sector can make to the development and future of healthcare.
Several key areas were discussed with committee members including:
The delegation received a very positive response from the Committee who committed to:
The Committee members understood our need to ensure that there is investment in the sector and that members are reimbursed fairly for the work they do. They also noted our concerns with pharmacist shortages and endeavoured to raise this issue with the relevant parties including the Minister for Further and Higher Education.
Finally they requested we revert to the committee with further ideas on Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and the need for a national pharmaceutical office.
This was an extremely positive event and another very important milestone in furthering the mission of IPU.