We know that the Valencia region is cash strapped and has huge debts that it can’t pay. One of those is to the chemists in the three provinces who are owed 60 million Euros for prescriptions they have already dispensed. This has put the whole system into jeopardy because the chemists owe that money to the drug companies that supply them and without payment, the drug companies will no longer supply the chemists.
In November, Valencia promised to make the payment on December 10th but now say that will have to be at the end of this month. The chemists have said that is unacceptable and have decided to go on strike for three days (December19th to December 21st). They have also said that they will have to ration medicines to patients who have chronic conditions in order to reduce their debt to the drug companies.