Lord Kamall, the Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences opens the HDA Annual Conference 2021

Dear HDA members,

We were pleased to have Lord Kamall, the Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences open the HDA Annual Conference 2021 by video.

On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, Lord Kamall recognised the HDA and the HDA’s members’ “incredible efforts in ensuring that medicines reach patients”, “despite the challenges over the past two years”.

HDA members, he emphasised, were crucial in the effort to fight coronavirus: “From the very start in the first lockdown when we saw huge increases in demand, this created extreme pressures on wholesalers, required lots of flexibility to keep up with demand and to thank you for the great efforts that we saw in sourcing PPE for pharmacies. You managed all this while navigating complex policies and adopting covid-securing working practices”.

He said that there was a need to work “closely and in collaboration together”. He continued: “We appreciate the need for the Department, the MHRA, and others in the health family to engage as early as possible. The close liaison that has developed through Martin, the HDA’s Executive Director and the HDA, working week to week with officials, demonstrates the strong cooperation which has been built up.”

He thanked members for their support in ensuring a consistent medicines supply following Brexit, and reiterated the Government’s commitment to futureproofing the supply chain. He was furthermore pleased to hear that the HDA had chosen carbon net zero as the focus of the Conference’s afternoon programme.

For the full video, please contact the HDA Secretariat.

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