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People may DIE as a result of a No Deal Brexit says the UK’s chief medical officer

People may DIE as a result of a No Deal Brexit says the UK’s chief medical officer as she warns ‘we cannot guarantee that there will not be shortages’ of medicines if the UK crashes out at the end of the month

  • Professor Dame Sally Davies admitted lives were ‘at risk’ if EU talks fail
  • It is the latest warning about the potential impact of a No Deal departure 
  • It comes amid increasing Government bullishness about leaving without a deal
  • PM Johnson claimed he can ‘confidently’ say the UK is prepared to leave

As Boris Johnson met the Irish leader Leo Varadkar in search of a deal to get the UK out of the EU, Professor Dame Sally Davies admitted lives were ‘at risk’ if EU talks fail

The UK’s most senior medical officer has issued a stark warning that people could die as a result of a No deal Brexit.

As Boris Johnson met the Irish leader Leo Varadkar in search of a deal to get the UK out of the EU, Professor Dame Sally Davies admitted lives were ‘at risk’ if EU talks fail. 

She said that health authorities could not be sure there would not be shortages not just of medicines but of technology and gadgets used by doctors to save lives.

It is the latest warning about the potential impact of a No Deal departure and comes amid increasing bullishness at the heart of Government about unilaterally quitting the EU.

Dame Sally told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The health service and everyone has worked very hard to prepare.

‘But I say what I’ve said before – that we cannot guarantee that there will not be shortages, not only in medicines but technology and gadgets and things.

‘And there may be deaths, we can’t guarantee there won’t.’

Her comments come just a couple of days after the Government published a Brexit 'no-deal readiness' report in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured meeting Leo Varadkar on the Wirral today) declared that he can 'confidently' say the UK is prepared to leave the EU without a deal on October 31

Her comments come just a couple of days after the Government published a Brexit ‘no-deal readiness’ report in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured meeting Leo Varadkar on the Wirral today) declared that he can ‘confidently’ say the UK is prepared to leave the EU without a deal on October 31

Pressed whether lives are at risk, she replied firmly: ‘They are at risk.’

Her comments come just a couple of days after the Government published a Brexit ‘no-deal readiness’ report in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that he can ‘confidently’ say the UK is prepared to leave the EU without a deal on October 31.

On the issue of health, the report said: ‘The UK will continue to play a world-leading role in health security, patient safety and medical advance after Brexit.

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‘Opportunities may include innovative regulation of novel advanced therapies and medicines, and a streamlined approach to clinical trial reporting and conduct.

‘These strengths in health research will be further supported by fast-track visas for world-leading scientists.’       

Last week, NHS Wales unveiled a so-called ‘Brexit Warehouse’ to store around 1,000 extra products including medical gloves, needles and dressings at a cost of about £5 million.

The report also outlines plans to set up a dedicated support unit for suppliers of medical goods in the health sector, with the aim of helping to ensure that companies have the necessary customs paperwork in place for border arrangements ahead of a no-deal scenario.

It says suppliers of all medicines and medical products should ensure they are ready to comply with the new customs and border processes required to import and export goods between the UK and the EU.

The report also says adult social care providers should plan for longer lead times of up to five days for products imported from the EU, and be prepared to receive stock deliveries outside normal hours.

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