MEDICINES DIS­RUP­TION

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

THE ad­mis­sion from the Gov­ern­ment that medicine sup­ply chains could be dis­rupted for up to six months in the event of a no deal Brexit shows that it is start­ing to take se­ri­ously the con­sis­tent warn­ings from the BMA and oth­ers over the risk a no-deal poses to health­care in Britain.

While mea­sures to an­tic­i­pate the risks and min­imise im­pact on pa­tients and their ac­cess to medicines must be put in place, with just over 100 days to go, min­is­ters are cut­ting it ex­tremely fine.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween six weeks of dis­rup­tion and six months of chaos on the bor­ders is clearly huge and the scale of ac­tion now re­quired to en­sure the safety of pa­tients is em­i­nently much big­ger.

That these plans are still only in the de­vel­op­ment stage with four months to go is ex­tremely con­cern­ing and the lack of de­tail in these pro­pos­als will of­fer lit­tle in the way of re­as­sur­ance to doc­tors and pa­tients alike.

The BMA has been clear how cat­a­strophic Brexit could be for pa­tients, the NHS work­force and the health of

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