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Preparations for No deal exit of EU at the end of March 2019 – Advice to care and health providers

The Government has updated its Guidance for contingency planning for a no deal Brexit at the end of March for Health and Social Care Providers.

Key points are:

  • health and social care providers – including hospitals, care homes, GPs and community pharmacies – should not stockpile additional medicines beyond their business as usual stock levels. There is also no need for clinicians to write longer NHS prescriptions.
  • Local stockpiling by UK health and social care providers is unnecessary and could cause shortages in other areas, which would put patient care at risk. Any incidences involving the overordering of medicines will be investigated and followed up with the relevant Chief or Responsible Pharmacist directly.
  • clinicians should advise patients that the Government is working with industry to ensure a continued supply of medicines from the moment we leave the EU; patients should not store additional medicines at home.
  • Immigration of EU citizens into the UK has already been falling and thereby reducing the supply of people to take posts in care and health providers that are already struggling to recruit people with the qualities and skills needed.  However for those who are already here  Through the EU Settlement Scheme, which will launch in early 2019, EU nationals will be able to register for settled status if they have been here for five years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than five years

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