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BMA warns that freight service plans for no-deal medicine supplies are beyond alarming

Responding to the announcement by the Department for Health and Social Care that the Government are setting up a £25m ‘express freight service’ to deliver medicine supplies in event of no-deal Brexit, BMA deputy chair Dr David Wrigley, said:

 “It is beyond alarming that the future delivery of medicine and medical supplies in the UK could be dependent on a freight service - for which the supplier hasn’t yet even been appointed. 

“This latest announcement from the Government is a further indication of the chaos that will lay in store for the NHS and patients in the event of a no-deal Brexit and highlights just how costly this will be.

 “A no-deal Brexit could lead to untold disruption for health services and severely impact patients’ health if they either don’t get the medicines they are totally dependent on or those medicines arrive damaged, unfit for purpose or just too late. The inability to supply critical medication will place patients’ lives at risk.” 

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