The strike by pharmacists is now in its fourth week and there is no sign of let up. In fact, on Wednesday, they voted 4 to 1 to continue with the strike.
Some pharmacies are just open to sell over-the-counter items and will only dispense low cost prescriptions. As they say, fulfilling prescriptions is like giving someone a gift because they know they won’t be paid for them. These people might be caring but they can’t afford to be stupid, they have families to feed and mortgages to pay just like the rest of the country.
In desperation, some patients have decided to pay for their medication in full and of course, in those circumstances, the chemists are willing to provide the drugs. That is OK if your prescription is for a low cost item but not if it is expensive.
The government say that drugs are freely available if you are prepared to visit the local clinic or hospital – not everyone can do that.
The fear is that it is only a matter of time before someone dies through lack of medication,what will be the reaction then?