Lord Bethell Thank You Letter to the Healthcare Distribution Sector

Dear HDA members,

Please see below letter from Lord Bethell, Minister of Innovation at DHSC, thanking all staff in the healthcare distribution sector for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

17 June 2020

Dear Martin,

Thank you to all staff in the healthcare distribution sector

I personally want to thank all staff in the healthcare distribution sector for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the father of four young children, I lean on the pharmaceutical wholesale industry to provide solutions for the sniffles, cuts and scrapes of a busy home life, and I am grateful that the supplies of key family medicines and supplies has never wavered.

These are unprecedented times and I have been very impressed by the response from healthcare distributors and their staff during this very busy and challenging period for all of us. It was because of your efforts that hospitals have been able to continue to treat patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms and community pharmacies have been able to continue to supply patients with their medication in primary care.

Healthcare distribution staff have a vital role in our joint response to the COVID-19 pandemic and I can assure you that all Health Ministers are incredibly grateful for the work that you are doing.

Finally, I also want to thank the Healthcare Distribution Association for representing the sector and working with the Government and the NHS on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you again for all your work and support.

From the Lord Bethell

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation (Lords)

Dear HDA members,

Please see below letter from Steve Oldfield, Chief Commerical Officer at DHSC, thanking pharmaceutical wholesalers for the crucial role they play in the supply chain, which is more important now than ever.

25th March 2020

Pharmaceutical wholesalers critical to the COVID-19 response

Pharmaceutical wholesalers play a crucial role in our supply chain. We rely on your staff to enable hospitals and community pharmacies to continue to treat patients and supply them with the medicines and other supplies they need. This is more important than ever under the current circumstances.

You will have heard the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care yesterday saying that “key workers, for example in the NHS, social care, pharmacists, medicine supply chain, should go to work unless they are self-isolating due to symptoms.”. There should be no doubt that anyone working for a pharmaceutical wholesaler is a key worker. We need key workers including those working in your company to come into work to do the important job they do to support the NHS and patients across the country.

I would be grateful if you could share this message with your staff.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Oldfield, Chief Commercial Officer

From Factory to Pharmacy

As part of our mission to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of the healthcare distribution sector, we developed an infographic explaining the availability of medicines. It identifies the factors that can impact drug supply, as well as the measures that HDA members undertake day in, day out to help mitigate the risks of patients not receiving their medicines.

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