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Media and Political Bulletin – 08 September 2020

Media and Political Bulletin

08 September 2020

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Medical leaders warn no-deal could exacerbate health crisis

The Times, Oliver Wright, 08 September 2020

In a letter to The Times, senior medical leaders have warned Boris Johnson that the health service risks being “overwhelmed” by the combination of a no-deal Brexit, winter pressures and Covid-19.

They said a failure to strike a deal with the EU could jeopardise the health of patients and warned that no-deal disruption could lead to shortages of medicines.

Last month the government wrote to medicine suppliers warning them that a “reasonable worst-case scenario” for a no-deal Brexit was for “significant disruption” to trade across the Channel for six months. Ministers urged suppliers to make sure that they had at least six weeks of supplies on “UK soil” and to investigate alternative shipping routes.

The pharmaceutical industry has warned that disruption from Covid-19 has meant stockpiles meant for no-deal have been “used up” and that it may be impossible to replenish them before December.

Matt Hancock wants to ‘drive more money towards pharmacy’

Chemist+Druggist, Eliza Slawther, 07 September 2020

Chemist+Druggist reports that health secretary Matt Hancock said on LBC’s Call The Cabinet television segment that he “want[s] to drive more money towards pharmacy” from within the NHS budget, which he said “is going up”.

“I want to do a deal with pharmacies where we offer more NHS services to be delivered in pharmacies and we pay people for that,” he explained.

A DH spokesperson said: “We are continuing to engage with the sector on funding to meet extra costs incurred during the peak of the pandemic.”

Last week, a report by accountancy firm Ernst & Young warned that under the current funding model, the provision of services may be financially unviable for pharmacies in England. In response this report, pharmacy bodies have called for greater funding to avoid closures and financial ruin for pharmacy contractors.

UK plan to undermine withdrawal treaty puts Brexit talks at risk

Financial Times, 07 September 2020

The Financial Times reports that sections of the internal market bill — due to be published this Wednesday — are expected to “eliminate the legal force of parts of the withdrawal agreement” in areas including state aid and Northern Ireland customs, according to three people familiar with the plans.

The UK internal market bill, outlined in a 100-page white paper in July, is designed to secure the “seamless functioning” of trade between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland after the UK leaves the EU’s single market and customs union at the end of this year.

But some clauses in the bill will effectively override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, which was signed alongside the withdrawal agreement in October.

This was also covered by Sky News.

Parliamentary Coverage

There was no parliamentary coverage today.

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Medical leaders warn no-deal could exacerbate health crisis

The Times, Oliver Wright, 08 September 2020

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Matt Hancock wants to ‘drive more money towards pharmacy’

Chemist+Druggist, Eliza Slawther, 07 September 2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock wants to “drive more money towards pharmacy” within the NHS budget, he said on LBC’s Call The Cabinet television segment today (September 7).

The health secretary was asked by interviewer Nick Ferrari if he will be asking Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, for more money for the sector after Mr Hancock described himself as a “massive, massive fan of pharmacists”.

Mr Hancock said that he “want[s] to drive more money towards pharmacy” from within the NHS budget, which he said “is going up”.

“I want to do a deal with pharmacies where we offer more NHS services to be delivered in pharmacies and we pay people for that,” he explained.

“I think that pharmacists can do far more, and they are the front door to the NHS in the community,” Mr Hancock added.

£370m advance funding

A DH spokesperson said: “During this unprecedented pandemic, £370 million has been made in advance payments to support pharmacies in maintaining medicine supplies and providing health advice.

“We are continuing to engage with the sector on funding to meet extra costs incurred during the peak of the pandemic.”

Last week, a report by accountancy firm Ernst & Young warned that under the current funding model, the provision of services may be financially unviable for pharmacies in England.

In response this report, pharmacy bodies have called for greater funding to avoid closures and financial ruin for pharmacy contractors.

UK plan to undermine withdrawal treaty puts Brexit talks at risk

Financial Times, 07 September 2020

This article is subject to copyright terms and conditions. Please access the full article here.

Media and Political Bulletin – 08 September 2020

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