Urology: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the import and export of urology devices to the UK of the UK not reaching a deal on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Patient safety is paramount in our exit negotiations and maintaining continuity of supply of medical products is a key part of ensuring patients continue to receive the safe high-quality care they need on day one of European Union exit and thereafter.

While we remain confident of getting a good exit deal for the United Kingdom, the Department is making extensive preparations for a variety of EU Exit scenarios including planning for a No Deal outcome to ensure that there is no disruption to the supply of medical devices.

The Government’s plans are multifaceted and include increasing stock levels nationally, putting in place arrangements to facilitate continued supply of products directly from the EU, and working with key suppliers, wholesalers and distributors to ensure that they are securing their own supply channels. These plans cover medical devices and clinical consumables including urology devices.

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