The Government has agreed to delay new cuts for community pharmacists, which were due to come into effect in the New Year.

The proposed cutbacks would have removed €45 million from pharmacies, on top of cuts made during the recession.

Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary had indicated that the proposed cut could hit individual pharmacies by up to €30 or 35,00 euro, and would impact on services they provide to the community and on staff levels.

Representatives of the Irish Pharmacy Union met today with the Minister for Health Simon Harris, and Deputy Calleary says the Minister has rowed back on plans for new budget cuts from 1st January, and has instead agreed that this issue will be discussed at part of negotiations on a new pharmacy contract.

Deputy Calleary says pharmacists across the region, and their customers, will breathe a sigh of relief following this development...

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