Opposition MLA Kieran McCarthy said: “The Minister, Michael McGimpsey, must do all he can do resolve this dispute before the boycott begins.
“The ability of pharmacists to give this advice on minor ailments takes a massive amount of pressure off GPs, clinics and hospitals. Pharmacists do an excellent job and their expertise should be used to its full potential. It would be extremely disappointing if this pay row cannot be resolved by the Minister.
“The Minister has been very quiet on this issue and he must answer many important questions regarding this problem.”