PRIME MINISTER FAILS TO GUARANTEE SUPPLY OF MEDICINE IN NO DEAL BREXIT

Theresa May has failed to guarantee the supply of medicine to the NHS in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
 

SNP Westminster Leader raised the issue after it was revealed the government last week quietly began a tender process to try and stockpile medicines at a cost of tens of millions of pounds.
 

It follows comments from the UK government’s most senior health official who says he cannot be “confident” that essential medicines will still be available after a no-deal Brexit – describing the task as “extremely difficult”.
 

Paisley’s MSP , George Adam said:

 

“The Prime Minister cannot guarantee the supply of medicines in the event of a No deal. This is chaos of the Tory government’s own making.

 

“Last week we found out the UK government are giving out contracts to stockpile medication at the cost of tens of millions of pounds.

 

 

“Funds that should be spent on frontline health services. And funds that this week’s Budget was totally silent on.

 

“We all know people or have relatives that are dependent on medication, especially for long term conditions.  This is not some kind of abstract problem, this is the prospect of people being harmed because they cannot access the medication that they need.  How can we have come to this position where small mindedness can affect people’s health.”
 

 

Brexit: Ministers launch ‘tens of millions’ bid to stockpile medicine

https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/brexit-ministers-launch-tens-of-millions-bid-to-stockpile-medicine-/7023652.article
Senior official cannot be confident essential medicines would still be available:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-no-deal-crash-out-eu-medicine-supplies-a8588531.html
Indy report says (18 October) –
“England’s most senior health official says he cannot be “confident” that essential medicines will still be available after a no-deal Brexit – describing the task as “extremely difficult”.

Maintaining supplies would be “very complex” if the UK crashes out of the EU, Sir Chris Wormald told MPs, adding: “I never use words like confident.”
Sir Chris, the department of health’s permanent secretary, warned there were also major concerns about staff shortages and the treatment of British travellers to the EU after Brexit….
…At the meeting of the Commons Brexit committee, Sir Chris was asked whether he was “confident that the supply of essential medicines will be maintained in the event of no deal”.

After declining to say he was, Sir Chris said his department was “pleased” with the response of pharmaceutical firms, but added: “It’s a very complex market and a very complex supply chain
“As no-one can really predict exactly what will happen, there will be decisions we will have to make along the way.”
Sir Chris added that it would be “extremely difficult” to guarantee that all supplies would be fully maintained.