Is community pharmacy in Northern Ireland in crisis?
Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland (CPNI) has called for urgent action to address a funding crisis, claiming that some pharmacies are on the brink of closure.
Community Pharmacy NI claims that services are underfunded to the tune of at least £20m, and that pharmacists are at breaking point.
After a meeting organised by CPNI last week, chief executive Gerard Greene called on the Northern Ireland Department of Health to act to give some clarity and certainty to the sector.
Pharmacists blamed paralysis in decision making at the health department for the failure to release much-needed funding, and said it was having a negative impact on their own health and wellbeing.
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