Fabian Demicoli

Joint statement between the Ministry of Energy and Health, The Chamber of Pharmacists and GRTU


A productive
meeting was held between the Chamber of Pharmacists, the GRTU Healthcare
Division, the Ministry and Parliamentary Secretariat responsible for Health. All
parties are committed to the Pharmacy of your Choice initiative and its
evolution.

The
Chamber of Pharmacists and GRTU stated clearly that they have never claimed
that there was political discrimination in the POYC system.

Moreover
further to the joint meeting, the Chamber of Pharmacists and GRTU were assured
that the POYC is not being subjected to political discrimination in its
operations.

The
Chamber and the GRTU have surveyed their members and recognize that the
inefficiencies of the procurement and 
POYC processes are triggering consumers to complain to POYC when
specific medicines are not available at pharmacies. POYC from their end often
seek to address such shortages at pharmacies. All parties recognize the need to
improve the system without requiring customers to complain about such matters.

All
parties recognize that the POYC business processes and systems require
significant improvements and will collaborate in the design and implementation
of such improvements. These problems have been with the initiative for many
years and need to be addressed urgently.

Government
is committed to restructure POYC, improve business processes and communications
with Pharmacies, and enhance IT systems.

Government
has launched a change programme which will seek to improve all aspects related
to the procurement, distribution and dispensing of medicines.

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