Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 31 January, 2007

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that the restrictions on pharmacists educated in other EU countries is addressed in the proposals for a new Pharmacy Bill in view of the fact that if such restrictions were abolished it would address the current shortage of pharmacists; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2291/07]

  Ms Harney: I presume the Deputy is asking about the removal of the derogation under Article 2.2 of Council Directive 85/433/EEC which gives Member States the option of not recognising the qualification of any EU/EEA-qualified pharmacist in relation to the ownership, management or supervision of a pharmacy that is less than three years old or for the establishment of a new pharmacy. This derogation will be removed when the first Pharmacy Bill is enacted. This Bill is at a very advanced stage and I expect to bring it to Cabinet in the next few weeks for approval to publish, and for forwarding to the Oireachtas for their consideration.

Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the present status of the Bill to regulate pharmacies here; the expected date of the Second Stage of the Bill; and if she expects the Bill will be signed into law before June 2007. [2303/07]

  Ms Harney: The first Pharmacy Bill is at a very advanced stage. I expect to bring it to Cabinet in the next few weeks for approval to publish, and for forwarding to the Oireachtas for their consideration. I am treating this Bill as a priority and, subject to the overall set of legislative priorities as determined by the Oireachtas, expect to have it signed into law by June 2007.

Question No. 855 answered with Question No. 826.

Question No. 856 answered with Question No. 616.

Question No. 857 answered with Question No. 804.