Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department will provide funding to to hospital trusts to cover additional medical air freight costs for (a) radioisotopes for cancer treatment and (b) other treatments that cannot be stockpiled in the event that the UK leaves 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)

In August, the Department asked suppliers to ensure they have plans in place to air freight short shelf-life medicines, including medical radioisotopes, to avoid any border delays that may arise at the end of March in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit from the European Union. We continue to work closely with industry in considering how the Department may support suppliers in making arrangements to meet this expectation, and with NHS England to monitor medicines costs to the National Health Service. Any increase to the list price of a branded medicine may only be made with the agreement of the Department.

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