Sarah Wollaston writes to Jeremy Hunt calling for transparency on Brexit NHS contingency plans

Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP and Chair of the Health Select Committee, has today written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on behalf of the committee, calling on him to provide “clarity on the details of a transitional period” after Brexit, as well as “the Government’s contingency planning to protect patients, NHS services and the UK’s life science industry.”

Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, said:

“Time is fast running out for the Government to provide clarity and transparency on what contingency plans they are putting in place in the event of a no-deal Brexit when it comes to the NHS, healthcare and the life-science industry.

“We are now just over a year away from the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU, but the risk of a disorderly no-deal Brexit remains. If that happens, it would have serious consequences for patients, our NHS and for the pharmaceutical sector.

“We need more than warm words and positive aspirations. If we want to avoid a situation where we are unable to manage the supply-chains of vital medicines and other medical supplies the Government must show that it is putting comprehensive plans in place.”

 

Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, member of the Health Select Committee and leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“This new survey shows that small and medium-sized businesses are speaking with an increasingly clear voice on Brexit: they do not want the hard Brexit that the Government is stumbling towards.

“The ludicrous idea that any of the supposed ‘advantages’ of leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union can make up for the grievous damage that leaving them will do has been repeatedly and categorically debunked, including by businesses of all sizes who trade with Europe and the rest of the world.

“There is no economic case whatsoever for what the Government is pursuing, as even their own secret impact assessments have shown. As the risk to jobs and the economy increases by the day, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether Brexit is the right path for the country.” 

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Notes to editors:

The full letter to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, can be read here.