I Care About My Pharmacist

I Care About My Pharmacist

April 24, 2012 08:24 ET

I Care About My Pharmacist: Community Pharmacists Congratulate the Conservatives on Their Re-Election

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2012) - Community pharmacists look forward to continuing to work with the Conservative government in establishing a comprehensive funding model that will ensure that our pharmacies will be able to expand health services to their communities.

Al Hodgins, CEO of Value Drug Mart Associates said; "To date we have had to fight for our right to be heard. We've had to fight for our patients and the communities we serve. We've had to fight for our livelihoods". He added; "Our hope is for a new beginning. We hope that we can start to work together in open and transparent negotiations that will lead to a timely agreement on a funding model for all pharmacies. A model that is fair and equitable and in the best interest of all Albertans."

After two years of frustrating negotiations that were complicated by a lack of transparency and timeliness, Community pharmacies are hopeful of a new relationship with Alberta Health and Wellness that is based on trust.

We were promised a new funding model before the writ was dropped. This did not happen. We have no agreement in writing. All we have are empty promises.

We need a funding model that will allow rural pharmacies not just to survive but to continue to deliver and grow the level of services we provide our community and our patients.

Throughout the election campaign the Wildrose emphasized that their party stands for "free enterprise, increased personal freedom and democracy." We're hoping that the Conservative government stands for the same principles.

"We look forward to returning to the table to work with Alberta Health and Wellness in open and transparent negotiations that will result in a mutually agreeable comprehensive funding formula that positively impacts patient health care services in rural and urban Alberta" said Hodgins.

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