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DHSC wants no-deal Brexit supply chain assessment

How will a no-deal Brexit hit the supply chain?


The government will tell trusts to examine the potential effects of a no-deal Brexit on the supply chain.


The Department of Health and Social Care wants to know how the UK leaving the EU without a deal would impact the healthcare sector’s ability to purchase medicines and equipment.


Health Service Journal says that the government has already examined NHS Supply Chain’s biggest sources of products. The DHSC has told HSJ that letters on the matter are going out to trusts this week.


After a no-deal Brexit there would be a customs border between the EU and the UK. This would result in costs and delays for businesses importing and exporting goods. Under a no-deal Brexit the UK would trade under the World Trade Organisation rules, eventually making its own free trade agreements.


Further information

HSJ: Exclusive: Government to ask hospitals to assess impact of ‘no deal Brexit’ on supply chains

House of Commons Library: What if there’s no Brexit deal? (The section on trade is relevant)

Wilmington: Brexit drug shortages already affecting care