EU Exit planning update: DHSC update (15-03-2019)

Letter from Department of Health & Social Care via Care Quality Commission

15 March 2019

Dear Colleague,

As you will be aware, over the last few days Parliament voted against leaving the EU without a deal and in favour of extending Article 50, meaning that the UK might not leave the EU on 29 March.

It is still possible that we are able to leave on 29 March with a deal, although time is very short. Nevertheless, unless and until a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the UK and European Parliament, or any extension is agreed by the EU, the legal default in UK and EU law remains that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal.  Therefore, as a responsible government we must continue to plan for a no deal scenario on 29 March.

We are continuing to work closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to ensure local authorities and the adult social care sector are as prepared as possible for the implications of EU Exit.  The Department of Health and Social Care will continue to implement its no deal plans in full, and we are writing in similar terms to all other organisations in the health and care system to ask them to continue their plans.

I thank you for everything you are doing to ensure that the health and care system is prepared – our plans are well advanced as a result. While we never give guarantees, we are confident that, if everyone – including suppliers, freight companies, international partners, and the health and care system – does what they need to do, the supply of medicines and medical products should be uninterrupted in the event of exiting the EU without a deal.
I will update you as soon as I have further information.

In the meantime, if you have any other queries, I would encourage you to use your established points of contact in national organisations. Please also check www.gov.uk for information. Finally, please ensure you cascade this information to your staff, key stakeholders and any other interested parties.

Yours sincerely,

JONATHAN MARRON
DIRECTOR GENERAL, COMMUNITY & SOCIAL CARE