NHS: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on the stockpiling of drugs in preparation for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on what processes will be in place to add a drug to the list of those deemed to be in short supply following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on the security of the supply of radioisotopes to Scottish hospitals after the UK has left the EU.

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

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regularly discusses ‘no deal’ contingency plans, including those relating to the supply of medicines and medical products, with a number of stakeholders, the National Health Service and other Government Departments. Furthermore, I engage with Ministerial counterparts in both the Welsh and Scottish Governments, as well as the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, on European Union exit ‘no deal’ preparations.

The Department has overall responsibility to ensure the continuity of supply of medicines and medical products for the whole of the United Kingdom; close engagement and cooperation with colleagues in the devolved administrations reflects this.

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