Kerry TD concerned over proposals to curtail the role of pharmaceutical assistants

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The proposals to curtail the role of pharmaceutical assistants employed across the country is concerning.

That’s according to deputy John Brassil, the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on primary care.

Deputy John Brassil says the new proposals are concerning.


Under existing codes an assistant is entitled to cover short absences and unscheduled short absences.

In the case of a temporary absence the assistant is entitled to cover two working weeks per annum.

Now it is being proposed the temporary absence be limited to one hour per day.

Deputy Brassil says current practices have worked well for almost a quarter of a century.

Mr Brassil has written to the PSI requesting to see the rationale behind the proposals.

He says common sense needs to prevail and believes mandatory CPD training for all pharmaceutical assistants would make more sense.

Deputy Brassil says pharmaceutical assistants provide valued service to their communities.