The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that it is setting a new service to ensure the supply of medicines and medical products to the UK as part of its Brexit preparations.
The £25 million contract will allow for the set up of an express freight service to deliver medical products to the UK, as outlined in the Department’s announcement.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC):
“The service is intended to deliver small parcels of medicines or medical products on a 24-hour basis, with additional provision to move larger pallet quantities on a 2- to 4-day basis. The service will be available to the whole of the UK.
“While the majority of goods will be standard medicines and medical products, the express freight service can also deliver temperature-controlled products if needed.”
This service will provide an additional level of contingency as part of the Government’s no-deal Brexit planning as the Government’s position remains that the UK will leave the EU on 31st October 2019 whatever the circumstance.
In making the announcement, Minister for Health Chris Skidmore said:
“This express freight service sends a clear message to the public that our plans should ensure supply of medical goods remains uninterrupted as we leave the EU.”
Find out more about the DHSC here.