01/11/2015 12:12 EST | Updated 03/13/2015 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland and Labrador pharmacists want yearly meeting with premier

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Pharmacists in Newfoundland and Labrador say they're pushing for an annual meeting between the premier and representatives from all major health care practitioner groups in the province.

The Pharmacists' Association of Newfoundland and Labrador says it will ask Progressive Conservative Premier Paul Davis to commit to the yearly meeting at a government health summit on Wednesday.

The association says it is also asking the Liberal and NDP parties to make a similar commitment in this year's provincial election.

Executive director Stephen Reid says there are increasing financial pressures in the health care industry that need to be addressed.

Reid says there is a need to explore cost-effective health care delivery models, such as telemedicine, which uses telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care at a distance.