To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heart operations they estimate will be cancelled by the NHS in the event of a no-deal Brexit due to a lack of availability of bio-aortic root replacement imports from Italy.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative bio-aortic root replacement supply lines have been developed in the event of a no-deal Brexit interrupting imports from Italy.
The Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for leaving the European Union. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the uninterrupted supply of medicines and medical products once we have left the EU. This includes the supply of bio-aortic root replacement devices.
The Department, as part of our EU exit preparations, is implementing a multi-layered approach to mitigate potential disruption to supply, which consists of stockpiling where possible, securing freight capacity, changing or clarifying regulatory requirements, procuring additional warehousing, working closely with industry to improve trader readiness and putting in place the National Supply Disruption Response to manage potential shortages.