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NHS fears over no-deal Brexit highlight risk to patients, Labour says

This article was taken from: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/21/nhs-fears-over-no-deal-brexit-highlight-risk-to-patients-labour-says

By Haroon Siddique

Labour speaks out after letter revealed concerns about shortages of medicines in event of no-deal Brexit

NHS trusts’ fears about medicine shortages show that patients are being put at risk by the government’s failure to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, Labour has said.

The opposition’s criticism comes after a leaked letter revealed concerns among hospital and ambulance trusts about “both stockpiles and shortages of medicines and medical devices” and fears that “disease control coordination could also suffer”.

The letter, signed by the NHS Providers chief executive, Chris Hopson, says there has been “radio silence” from NHS England and NHS Improvement and urges “active national leadership”.