Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons), Chair, Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the Government's worst case contingency plans related to his remit on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Operation Yellowhammer is a cross-Government programme of work to ensure that the United Kingdom is prepared to deal with the potential reasonable worst-case scenario impacts of leaving the European Union without a deal.

On 11 September, the Government published planning assumptions for exiting the European Union without a deal at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-humble-address-motion

An updated version will be published in due course.

These include the Department’s planning assumptions relating to the continuity of medicines and medicine supplies, the provision of healthcare to UK nationals within EU Member States, and the provision of adult social care after we have left the EU. The Department maintains robust operational plans to ensure the continuity of services from the National Health Service and wider health and social care system, regardless of circumstances, and will continue to do so.

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