Responding to the letters from DHSC on preparations in the event of a no-deal with disruption to medicine supply chains likely to last for six months, BMA GP committee chair, Dr Richard Vautrey, said:
“Today’s admission from the Government that medicine supply chains could be disrupted for up to six months 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 Britain and Europe, which is why it is imperative that the public is given a final say on the deal.”
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