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Government’s preparations for a March 2019 ‘no deal’ scenario for adult social care

Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care, provides an UPDATE on the Government’s ongoing preparations for a March 2019 ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario and what the adult social care system needs to consider as we step up preparations in the period leading up to March 2019. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written a number of times to the health and social care system, and this letter should be read alongside those communications. This letter covers:

  • business continuity plans;
  • workforce and the EU Settlement Scheme;
  • supply of medicines and clinical consumables; and
  • supply of non-clinical consumables, goods and services.

As you will be aware, the Government and the EU have now agreed the basis upon which the UK will leave the EU in March 2019. ‘No deal’ exit is not the Government’s policy, but it is our duty to prepare for all scenarios. Since the Secretary of State’s letter in August, and with the assistance of our arm’s-length bodies and industry, the Department for Health and Social Care has strengthened its national contingency plans for ‘no deal’. With just over three months remaining until exit day, we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up ‘no deal’ preparations. This means the Department, alongside all other government departments, will now enact the remaining elements of our ‘no deal’ plans….


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