Fabian Demicoli

GRTU Pharmacies Section agree on the way forward on Pharmacy Opening Hours

Pharmacies are currently faced with a request by the Authorities to increase opening hours so that the consumer would be better served. GRTU has found that not all pharmacies agree with such a request however the absolute majority are ready to increase their opening hours as long as this is comprehensible and where they feel it will make a significant contribution to giving a better service to their clients.

A survey commissioned by Browns Pharmacy has shown that consumers are very satisfied by the level of service offered to them by the Pharmacies. Understandably however, when asked if they would like the service to be extended, respondents replied in the positive.

Pharmacies that are against extending their opening hours mostly are concerned on the viability of opening during extended hours, and this is more pronounced in certain areas of Malta.

Finding a happy medium between the requirements of consumers and the realities of pharmacies is not an easy task. The pharmacies however agreed that the roster could be extended to cover Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, including Christmas and New Year, so that pharmacies that are on duty, according to the roster, would open the extended hours. In addition to this and to increase the viability of opening on extended hours, all pharmacies, including those within Special Designated Areas would fall within the roster. In order for the initiative to make sense the districts would need to reorganized so that consumers are reached better and we decrease the chances of overlapping.

 

What we can do for you

INFORMATION POINT

BUSINESS SERVICES

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

LOCAL ISSUES & LEGISLATION

B2B NETWORKING EVENTS

LEGAL ADVICE

FUNDING ASSISTANCE

COURSES

BECOME A MEMBER

The Malta Chamber of SMEs represents over 7,000 members from over 90 different sectors which in their majority are either small or medium sized companies, and such issues like the one we're experiencing right now, it's important to be united. Malta Chamber of SMEs offers a number of different services tailored to its members' individual requirements' and necessities. These range from general services offered to all members to more individual & bespoke services catered for specific requirements.

A membership with Malta Chamber of SMEs will guarantee that you are constantly updated and informed with different opportunities which will directly benefit your business and help you grow. It also entails you to a number of services which in their majority are free of charge and offered exclusively to its members (in their majority all free of charge).