As we draw closer to 29 March, we are making every effort to prepare for EU exit, with patient care and safety a priority. Although it is not current government policy to pursue a ‘no deal’ EU exit, no deal contingency planning has been stepped up.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading national NHS preparations for a ‘no deal’ EU exit, and we are using our existing Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) processes and procedures to make our own preparations.
Across the NHS a great deal of preparation has already been undertaken to ensure that any disruption caused as a result of there being no deal can be minimised. We are closely following advice from government and are keen to reassure patients that medicines and equipment will continue to be available and any disruption will be minimal.
Around three-quarters of the medicines and over half the devices and one-use medical products (such as syringes) that the NHS uses, come into the UK via the EU. The government has been working closely with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, and the NHS to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Messages for patients about the continuity of supply of medicines will be available on the www.nhs.uk website. The EU exit pages on NHS England’s website are now live – www.england.nhs.uk/eu-exit. As further information relating to the EU exit preparations becomes available it will be published here.
To help you to find out more about Brexit (the popular term for the process of the UK leaving the EU) the UK Government has provided some general information, guidance for EU citizens and their families who reside in the UK, and advice for businesses on how Brexit may affect them and any EU-born employees.
The guidance is regularly updated as more information becomes available.
For EU citizens and voluntary and community sectors
Travelling to the EU