Last Friday, a letter from Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP was sent to NHS staff to reassure them about the government’s contingency preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario. Focusing on potential border delays, the letter outlines that as well as the additional 6 weeks supply of medicines that companies have been asked to stockpile, government are also working to establish alternative entry routes to ensure that medicines and medical products are able to come into the UK. The letter also mentions clinical trials and the supply of investigational medicinal products (IMPs). Following the letter, AMRC’s Chief Executive wrote to members asking that concerns from patient supporters be shared so that we can relay these onto the Department for Health and Social Care. Please contact the policy team for further information [email protected]

The government postponed this week’s vote on the final Brexit deal, extending uncertainty over the prospects of securing a deal. Ahead of the postponement, Minister for Universities, Science and Research Sam Gyimah MP resigned from Government over fears of the deal’s likely impact on research. Chris Skidmore MP has been appointed as his replacement.

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