NHS has started planning for possible Brexit no deal, says Chief Executive

Britain’s public health service has started “significant planning” to ensure medicines are still supplied to patients if the government fails to negotiate a Brexit deal with the European Union, Simon Stevens, chief executive of the National Health Service (NHS) told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show (July 1st).

He said Britain’s health department was working with pharmaceutical companies to make sure there will be no breakdown in supply if there is no deal with the EU. 

“There is now significant planning going on around all the scenarios including these medicines supply scenarios,” 

“There’s extensive work under way now between the department of health, other parts of government, the life sciences industry, the pharma companies. Nobody is pretending this is a desirable situation but if that’s what we get to then it will not have been unforeseen.” 

The EU warned Britain again last week that time was running out for Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a deal and stop the country from crashing out of the bloc without a deal.

image: Jeff Overs/BBC

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