Preparing for ‘no deal’ Brexit

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 16th October 2019
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Scottish Government issues advice to health and social care professionals.

A joint letter (this link will take you away from our website) from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer provides further advice on ensuring medicine supplies in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, new controls on the entry of goods from the EU into the UK will need to be introduced. This is likely to cause delays at ports of entry and a slow-down in the flow of medicines and medicine supplies into the UK.

The letter outlines what steps are being taken in Scotland to ensure continuity of supply of medicines and medical devices and to support prescribers if shortages arise.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP, said: “The joint letter from our Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer sets out clearly what preparations have been made to mitigate as best we can and provides our health and social care professionals with as much reassurance as possible. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and some shortages occur, the NHS will manage the situation and, if necessary, provide advice on suitable alternatives or other treatment options while supply is restored to normal levels.”

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