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Media And Political Bulletin – 29 August 2019

Media and Political Bulletin

29 August 2019

 

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Health unions warn no-deal Brexit could cause ‘fatal’ medicine shortages

The Independent, Andy Gregory, 29 August 2019

The Independent reports that health union leaders have issued a stark warning that a ‘no-deal’ Brexit could ‘devastate’ the NHS and cause fatal medicine shortages, arguing that ‘no responsible government should take that risk.’

A joint statement signed by 11 organisations called on the government to take no deal off the table, the day after prime minister Boris Johnson received the Queen’s permission to suspend parliament for more than a month ahead of the EU withdrawal date.

As Mr Johnson’s actions increased the likelihood of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, union bosses warned it could disrupt the supply of life-saving medicines for up to six months and exacerbate the largest staffing crisis in NHS history.

See this also reported in the Evening StandardThe New European and The Daily Mail.  

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Health unions warn no-deal Brexit could cause ‘fatal’ medicine shortages

The Independent, Andy Gregory, 29 August 2019

Health union leaders have issued a stark warning that a no-deal Brexit could “devastate” the NHS and cause fatal medicine shortages arguing “no responsible government should take that risk”.

A joint statement signed by 11 organisations called on the government to take no deal off the table, the day after prime minister Boris Johnson received the Queen’s permission to suspend parliament for more than a month ahead of the EU withdrawal date.

As Mr Johnson’s actions increased the likelihood of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, union bosses warned it could disrupt the supply of life-saving medicines for up to six months and exacerbate the largest staffing crisis in NHS history.

“Many medicines, including life-saving agents for cancer diagnosis and therapy, cannot be stockpiled and, for those that can, stockpiles could run out,” warned executives at the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, Unison, GMB, Unite and the TUC.

“These kinds of shortages and delays can be fatal. No responsible government should take that risk.”

The leak of a government dossier a fortnight ago revealed ministers were expecting three months of food, fuel and medicine shortages in the event of no deal.

Dubbed Operation Yellowhammer, the documents revealed medicines would “be vulnerable to severe extended delays”, as three-quarters of the UK’s supplies enter the country across the English Channel.

The union leaders’ statement echoes a letter written to Boris Johnson from the heads of 17 royal colleges and charities, expressing their concern at medicine shortages, which would clash with the start of winter flu season if the UK crashed out of the EU on 31 October.

“The public rightly expects candour from us, and we are simply unable to reassure patients that their health and care won’t be negatively impacted by the UK’s exit from the EU,” they said.

The union leaders also warned that leaving the EU without a deal could intensify the staffing “crisis” in the NHS. Thousands of EU workers have already left since 2016.

Media And Political Bulletin – 29 August 2019

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