Letter to the editor 2, November 12, 2015

Dear Editor,

Evidently the message of austerity does not affect civil servants; they want to grow their ranks.

My pharmacist tells me that in the spirit of austerity, I can no longer get my prescription filled monthly.

Rather the government says it must be filled weekly from now on. So the pharmacy has to absorb increased costs for compounding, billing, perhaps delivery, and billing the government.

If, for example, one million prescriptions are now filled weekly instead of bi-weekly or monthly, it is doubtful that the numbers of people processing these claims will be cut. Civil servants and the union do not want to see any austerity measures resulting in job losses so they have decreed this change to, in fact, increase their ranks and therefore increase overall costs. No doubt other departments are addressing the austerity edict in the same fashion.

Austerity should begin with the government itself and should focus on, for instance, converting prescriptions from weekly to monthly and not the reverse.

Bill Smyth


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