This update summarised much of what was already known, however, the document did offer some insight into the Government’s planning.
According to the update, DHSC has been:
- securing, via the Department for Transport, additional roll-on, roll-off freight capacity away from Dover and Folkestone for goods to continue to come into the UK from 29 March
- buffer stocks and stockpiling, where this is practical, or asking industry or NHS Supply Chain to build up buffer stocks in the UK before 29 March
- buying extra warehouse space to hold additional stock
- booking space on aeroplanes for products that require an immediate shipment due to short shelf-life or specific storage conditions
- making changes to, or clarifications of, regulatory requirements so companies can continue to sell their products in the UK even if we have no deal
- strengthening the processes and resources used to deal with shortages in the event that they do occur despite everyone’s efforts
The update states that the Government are confident that, if all stakeholders ‘do what they need to’, the supply of medicines will not be interrupted in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
MAP will continue to monitor and report on further Brexit updates when information becomes available.