NHS trusts ‘could run out of medical supplies’ without Brexit deal

NHS trusts could run out of medical supplies if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal, a hospitals chief executive has warned.

Dr David Rosser, of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust, said he could not envision any scenario whereby a no-deal Brexit does not significantly affect patient safety.

“In the event of a chaotic, no-deal exit, many NHS trusts could quickly run out of vital medical supplies,” Rosser wrote in a memo to the UHB board of directors last week. Even if there were central stockpiling, shortages would likely occur due to “unprecedented” distribution challenges, he added.R

Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March and MPs voted for Theresa May to return to Brussels to renegotiate parts of the withdrawal agreement on Tuesday evening.


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