Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has written to all health and social care organisations to update them on the government’s ongoing preparations to protect patients and health and social care services in the event of a March 2019 no-deal scenario, should this occur.
The letter sets out what the health and social care system needs to do to step up preparations to ensure business continuity.
The Department for Health and Social Care has also written to pharmaceutical companies and suppliers of medical devices asking for their contingency plans and pinpointing where their concerns lie (e.g. short-life products, warehousing, distribution) in order to focus national-level support where necessary.
The government has also released a series of technical notices aimed at advising industry and the public how to prepare in the event of a no-deal Brexit.