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They say that they are now to call a meeting of all pharmacists on Monday, June 16 to discuss the situation further.

In a result that was totally unexpected the presidents of the College of Pharmacists of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia rejected the payment schedule for the settlement of their outstanding prescription debt proposed by the Generalitat councilors of Health and Finance last Monday.

They say that pharmacists no longer have the financial capability to bear the advance costs of medicines for the month of June unless the ministry clear their outstanding debts much quicker than the proposed schedule of payments. As such the risk of industrial action once again is likely to threaten the closure of pharmacies and therefore put many lives in danger across the region.

A representative for the pharmacists said following their meeting with the regional Government that the new payment schedule was ‘poor’ and it does not enable them to meet their own financial obligations.

The Generalitat meanwhile say that they are about to pay 41,32 million euro which equates to 42% of the outstanding invoice for the month of March. Minister for Health, Manuel Llombart , said that a ‘temporary problem’ in the treasury has prevented them paying the March bill, which was due by the end of May, but he hoped now to now speed things up so that the April invoice would be settled at the end of June, the remaining March invoice by 15 July and the May invoice by the end of July.

Following the publication of the payment schedule the Presidents of the College of Pharmacists convened on Monday to decide what actions they might undertake. The presidents of their three professional bodies then sent a statement signed by the Pharmacy Board Valenciano which made it clear that they do not accept these conditions.

They say that they are now to call a meeting of all pharmacists on Monday, June 16 to discuss the situation further.

Until then, due to the "serious situation" within the sector, the Assembly will send a burofax to Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro asking for intervention by the central government. The fax will inform the government of the liquidity problems faced by pharmacies and the ‘impact’ that may arise as a result of their continued dispute.

Llombart insisted however, that the two bodies are not "too far" from reaching a solution which he felt sure would quickly be found.

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