Once again Mr. Hobbs goes for sensationalized figures and misses the point by a mile.
The government told the pharmacists AND wholesalers to cut the prices, guess what the wholesalers haven't.
Mary Harney strong armed the pharmacists into the cuts, the strikes were one day actions so the aul fella 'I only had 2 days' was wrong, he could have got them the day after or the day before.
All people on Long Term Illness books who now due to the recession have a medical card have been switched as the HSE pay NO mark up on GMS prescriptions but pay 20% on LTI.
The price list issued by the HSE will probably be wrong as the generics are usually cheaper than the named brands but pharmacy companies are trying to undercut each other and have slashed their prices at present to wholesalers. Don't worry they wont last at it.
Pharmacies are closing regularly, wages for pharmacists have plummeted 15% or more, and more to the point Harney knows all about it but it is a matter for the HSE.
Would RTE just refer to Brian Cowan as a TD, no he would be refered to as the Taoiseach, give Daragh his due he is the President of the IPU.
When will they do a piece about the 'Mark-up' on soft drinks in pubs, or price fixing at the petrol pumps or the monopoly of Calor in the LPG market.
I for one will not be following Hobbs' advice as until Mary Harney speaks to the pharmacists properly and organizes her bloated adminocracy to sort out how and what they will pay for and how much, then unfortunately pharmacists will have to make their money somewhere.
Maybe if she were to drop the thousands of IVF treatments she pays out for on the drug payment scheme then she would make a real saving.