UK group warns hospitals could run out of drugs post Brexit
EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses the media after a General Affairs Council on article 50 at the Europa building in Brussels on Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 6:33AM EDT
LONDON -- A group that represents U.K. hospitals has warned that its members may run out of drugs if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement on future relations.
NHS Providers says a lack of "visible and appropriate communication" from the government is hampering preparations for a so-called no-deal Brexit.
In a letter to National Health Service bosses that was leaked to the Times of London on Tuesday, the group's chief executive says it would be more efficient to develop contingency plans nationally rather than "have to reinvent the wheel 229 times."
Chris Hopson says "the entire supply chain of pharmaceuticals" could be affected by the failure to reach a deal, adding that it could also "jeopardize" the EU workforce "on which the NHS relies."