Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th March 2019.

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Photo of Emma Dent Coad Emma Dent Coad Labour, Kensington

What recent assessment he has made of the effect on the NHS of the UK leaving the EU; and if he will make a statement.

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

As a responsible Government, we are continuing to prepare for all eventualities. We have put detailed ‘no deal’ contingency plans in place for the continuity of supply of medicines and medical products, continuity of reciprocal healthcare arrangements, and the health and social care workforce.

We recognise that a ‘no deal’ exit would affect a wide range of areas across the health and care system, and the Department is working hard to mitigate these risks.

We are asking the National Health Service, and everyone in the health and social care system, to continue their planning. We are confident that if everyone does what they need to do, the potential risks of leaving without a deal can be mitigated successfully.

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