Friday, November 02, 2012

Broken promises

The Generalitat  owes chemists 230 million euros for prescriptions that have already been dispensed. The chemists had hoped they would be paid by the Autonomous Liquidity Fund but have now discovered that only 1 in 5 of the invoices will be covered.

In a vote on Tuesday, the College of Pharmacists agreed to stage an indefinite strike until the government pays its outstanding debt. Two in three chemists will close in rotation.

We all understand the financial mess that Valencia finds itself in and we all know how that came about i.e. as a result of reckless over spending. We also understand the situation that Spain faces trying to stay afloat but to play with people’s lives by not paying chemists who then refuse to dispense drugs is unacceptable.

In our case, the British Government currently pays Spain 4,267€ for every pensioner to receive the same care as Spanish pensioners. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t expect anything different to our Spanish neighbours who have also paid into their national health scheme. Since all of us have paid for our continued health care,  we would like to see something for our money.

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