Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher has said his bill, the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2017, will ensure that there is transparency in the relationship between doctors and clinicians and the pharmaceutical and medical technology companies that supply them with products and services.
Deputy Kelleher was speaking in advance of his bill’s Second Stage debate this evening in Dáil Éireann.
“My bill is actually a very straight forward bill, and it’s one that simply seeks to ensure that there is full disclosure on what products, services, donations and gifts are being offered to medical professionals and clinicians.
“When doctors prescribe a type of medication, we need to know that this decision has been taken based on clinical terms and not in terms of which company has made gifts or donations to the doctors.
“Any gift valued at greater than €600 would need to be declared by the medical professional. This very act would increase transparency and accountability in the industry.
“This doesn’t of course stop companies from making donations or gifts, but it will put a spotlight on this practice.
“I don’t for one second believe that doctors in Ireland are prescribing medication or services or products based on gifts they have received, but I think my bill gives patients and patients’ rights organisations an opportunity to see the exact nature of the relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, and that’s a good thing in my opinion.
“I am hopeful that there will be support across the Dáil for my bill tonight, and that it can move to pre-legislative scrutiny and ultimately, Committee Stage,” concluded Kelleher.