Jardine reaches out to pharmacists in Edinburgh West

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has written to every pharmacy in her constituency to find out what plans they have in place for the supply of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

By David Ronald Evans, Jan 03, 2019 2:01

Medicines in blister packs

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has written to every pharmacy in her constituency to find out what plans they have in place for the supply of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Ms Jardine also pledged to provide any help she could to ensure that pharmacies continue to have enough supplies to provide the life-saving drugs that people need if the UK exits the EU next March without a deal.

Many drugs that are crucial to those with life-long or life-threatening illnesses, such as insulin dependent diabetics, are either not manufactured in this country, or not on the scale which we need.

Last week the Government ramped up preparations for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit scenario, which has fuelled widespread concern about what contingency plans are in place for the supply of medicines.

Ms Jardine said:

“I’ve been approached by several constituents with chronic life-long illness who are deeply worried about what will happen if we crash out of the EU without a deal.

“They have absolutely no confidence that this incompetent Tory government will have proper contingency plans in place to guarantee the supply of essential medicines.

“So today I decided to write to those who are on the front line of healthcare in our area to find out what measures are being considered if we do indeed end up in the worse case Brexit scenario.

“This uncertainty is causing a huge amount of stress for thousands of people across the country.

“As it’s looking almost certain that Theresa May’s botched Brexit deal will be rejected by Parliament in the Near Year, the only option left to avoid this chaos is to allow the people a final vote with the option to remain in the European Union”.

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