Contractor action – Community Pharmacy Planning for a No Deal Brexit

Contractor action – Community Pharmacy Planning for a No Deal Brexit

January 15, 2019

Tonight, Members of Parliament will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement deal ahead of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). Regardless of the outcome of the vote, PSNC’s objective remains safeguarding the supply of medicines to pharmacies and their patients.

In the event that the Withdrawal Agreement is not agreed tonight, and uncertainty remains, contractors are reminded that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued EU Exit Operational Readiness Guidance late last year. This guidance sets out the actions that contractors should take to prepare for a no-deal exit from the EU and can be found here. It was highlighted in a PSNC news story in late December 2018.

At the current time of writing, contractors have been asked to take note of Action Card 1 of the guidance (pages 16-24), which indicates that all providers of NHS services, including NHS trusts and foundation trusts, primary care organisations and independent sector organisations which provide NHS services, ‘must consider and plan for the risks that may arise due to a ‘no-deal’ exit’.

PSNC has provided a summary of the key actions for contractors: PSNC Briefing 005/19: Key actions for pharmacy contractors to prepare for a no-deal exit from the EU



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