Covid-19: Supply Chains - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:09 pm on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Conservative 3:09 pm, 22nd June 2020

My Lords, medical supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link, which is why shortages were common well before Covid or Brexit. However, Covid has caused a systemic shock, which is far from over. It is time to take a far more strategic approach to assuring the resilience of medical supply chains. Following the financial crisis, stress tests were applied to the banking system. Does the Minister agree that it is time to design similar stress tests for UK medical supply, and will she work with colleagues at DHSC to take this forward?