Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.

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

As at 11 February 2019, the Department has a central team of 70 policy and project delivery professionals which coordinates the provision of advice to Ministers on European Union exit and preparations for exit. Since the beginning of December 2018, 25 people have transferred into the central team to support this work.

Across the Department, staff are also working on a range of areas related to EU exit, covering issues such as medicines supply. Communications, analytical and legal staff provide advice as required. This work is kept under review, to manage the level of resource support that may be needed at any given time.

The Civil Service as a whole is working to ensure that EU exit implementation is carried out to a high standard without impacting public service delivery across the whole of government.

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