Head Rambles Manor
23rd July 2009
I am not an actual constituent of yours, but as you are Minister, then technically your constituency is the entire country?
Anyhow, I have a problem.
You see, I have to buy regular medication, otherwise my psychiatrist says she cannot answer for the consequences. The last time I skipped a month, there was the unfortunate incident where the entire car park in Glendalough was blown up for the sake of two bus loads of tourists. If Herself misses out on a month, then the entire village and most of the surrounding county have to take to the bunkers. In other words, our medication is fairly important not only to us, but to South East Ireland and International relations.
I understand that you have to make “difficult decisions” because of these hard times in which we find ourselves, through no fault whatsoever of this government. I also understand that by cutting payments to pharmacists by 30% you will save a few million, however this is forcing them to stop dispensing under the Medical Card and Drugs Refund Schemes. As you have excluded me from the Medical Card Scheme through other savings initiatives, I will therefore be forced to pay for my prescriptions out of my own pocket.
Here is my problem. You see I can buy my drugs over the counter all right, but it will cost me around €1,000 a month [it would be around one third of that but because of one of your other initiatives they aren’t allowed dispense generic drugs] , and that is more than my income. Fortunately, I can get some of my drugs elsewhere. I know you will approve of my going back on heroin [which I can easily obtain in my local town] as it will save you a fortune on Methadone. My friend Billy is not so fortunate, as he can’t afford Lithium on his income and is going to have to suffer and enjoy [depending on the time of day] his Bi-Polar Disorder.
I know that on your income, €1,000 is a paltry amount, so maybe you could see your way to sending me the price of a loaf of bread? Having spent my entire income on drugs, plus what little saving I had left, I would like to be able to eat occasionally?
Yours in hope and starvation,