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Saturday 30 August 2014

Pharmacists want expanded service rights

Emma Jane Hade

Published 10/05/2014 | 02:30

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Pharmacists are calling on the Government to allow them to expand their services
Pharmacists are calling on the Government to allow them to expand their services

PHARMACISTS are calling upon the Government to allow them to expand their services to help alleviate the pressure on doctors and hospitals.

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The Irish Pharmacists Union (IPU) is asking for pharmacists to be given support to prescribe medicines for minor ailments, as well as offering services such as testing for blood pressure.

Kathy Maher, the incoming president of the IPU, said research from Australia hadshown that allowing pharmacists to treat minor ailments, such as coughs and colds, helped to free up at least 1,000 GPs.

Irish Independent

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