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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 269 No 7213 p278-281
31 August 2002

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Remuneration

Staggering amount paid in bank charges

From Mr M. J. Stallion, MRPharmS

During a recent conversation with my bank manager, I was staggered at just how much I, as a community pharmacist, pay in bank charges to collect the Government prescription charge, be it in cash, cheques or debit cards, not to mention the time and effort involved.

This obviously applies to all the pharmacies in the land. Can anyone tell me just how much the Government allows us to collect this tax for them?

 M. J. Stallion
Hove, East Sussex

 

C. G. HORRIDGE, financial executive, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, replies:

Unfortunately the amount the Government allows pharmacy contractors is not separately identified as the Department of Health claims that it is included in the overall global sum.

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