Patients could have to stockpile drugs unless a Brexit deal is done by Christmas

Mail Online | 7/22/2014 | Kate Ferguson, Senior Political Correspondent For Mailonline
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Patients could have to stockpile their own drugs unless a Brexit deal is done by Christmas, a health boss today warned.

Martin Sawer, head of the Healthcare Distributions Association, warned MPs there will be 'consequences' if the crunch talks drag on into next year.

Healthcare - Professionals - Companies - Hundreds - Millions

While other leading healthcare professionals said companies have already shelled out hundreds of millions of pounds because of Brexit uncertainty.

And they said this bill will only spiral unless a deal is sealed quickly with the Brussels bloc.

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While Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted that the Government is spending tens of millions of pounds on buying cold warehouse space to stockpile medicines.

The stark warnings were made as they were grilled by the health select committee on the impact of Brexit on the vital healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

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It comes amid mounting concerns that Britain will crash out of the bloc without a deal as the two sides remain at loggerheads over the thorny issue of the Irish border.

After hearing a flood of gloomy reports about the negative impact of the talks on the sector, Labour MP and committee member Paul Williams asked the panel: 'Should patients be stockpiling their own drugs?'

Mr - Sawer - Organisation - Drugs - Supply

Mr Sawer, whose organisation represents the drugs supply chain in Britain, said that this could be the case if the talks drag on until next year.

He said: 'I think we are here on behalf of patients. I think we are trying to sort this issue out and make sure politicians of all parties understand the concerns we have.

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'Because we are concerned – this is one of the last opportunities we might have to speak in this kind of forum.

'We are very concerned as...
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