McCauley group got fourth highest State scheme fees in 2014
Wexford pharmacy group Sam McCauley Chemists received €728,782 in fees for dispensing drugs and medicines under various State schemes last year according to a HSE report.
The report shows that the group received the fourth highest level of fees and mark-up payments in the country, with only two Dublin-based pharmacy groups and one Waterford pharmacy beating it to the top spot.
The report on the Top 200 Pharmacy Payments in the country includes six other Wexford companies.
These include eleventh on the list Wembar Ltd (€553,8900) along with Grants Pharmacy Gorey Ltd (€400,426), Grants Pharmacy (€392,042), Sam McCauley Redmond Square (€373,642), Damus Ltd (€372,228) and Burkes Pharmacy New Ross (€350,557).
Figures also show that professional fees of €181,283 were given to Specsavers Opticians in Wexford last year, making it nineteenth on the list. Jennings Optical Enniscorthy Ltd (€97,328) Martin Crowe Optician (€95,397) and Brendan Foley Optician (€61,952) also made the list of optometrists/ ophthalmologists that received the highest payments.
Meanwhile, the list of top dentist payments for 2014 shows Roland Steven Woods to be the eighth highest (€272,721) while Ronan Andrew Cuddihy (€199,981), Jane Montague Peters (€166,778), Andrew Frank Rowe (€147,960) and Kathleen McCarthy (€146,278) featured further down the list.
The release of information has come under fire from some bodies including the Irish Dental Association. In a statement on their website, the association said:
'The Irish Dental Association strongly opposes the publication of DTSS payments to named dentists, which we believe is in breach of privacy protections available to dentists and which is provided without any context or background. We have made our views known to the HSE and we are extremely disappointed that have chosen to proceed and provide details of payments to named dental contractors in 2014.'
The went on to say that the figures give a 'misleading impression' that suggest that these are the levels of income dentists earn when they actually reflect a variety of treatment and running costs.