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Pharmacists postpone measures until HIO presents new plan


Pharmacists have put strike measures on hold to give the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), responsible for running the state health services Gesy, more time to come up with a plan for their compensation, the Pancyprian Pharmacists Association (PFS) said on Sunday.

“Both the health minister and the chairman of HIO recognise the problem which has arisen with the compensation of pharmacists with the excess number of prescriptions processed,” a PFS announcement said.

The chairman of HIO had asked PFS to give the organisation until the end of the month to come up with a new model of compensation which will then be presented to pharmacists.

As a mark of good will, the board of PFS decided to postpone taking any measures until it has heard HIO’s new plan on the matter.

Last week pharmacists said they “can’t trust” the HIO and are ready to take action to seek compensation for losses sustained since joining Gesy.

The funds allocated to pharmacists to process prescriptions in 2022 came to €30 million, for 15 million medicinal packages. However, they actually processed 19 million items, translating to an additional cost of €8 million.

As a result, PFS said, many pharmacists who are part of Gesy are in a dire financial situation.

PFS said last week it would meet this weekend to decide what action to take.

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