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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 221766, tabled on 14 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the continuation of healthcare packages for all patients currently qualifying for such packages in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answered on

22 February 2019

As we prepare to leave the European Union, the Government is planning for all scenarios, including the event that the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a deal.

Our priority is to minimise disruption to the health and social care system, including ensuring continuity of access to health and care services for patients after the UK leaves the EU. This includes continued engagement with health and social care employers across the sectors to provide a seamless supply of medicines and medical products from the moment we leave the EU

The UK Government appreciates the importance of retaining reciprocal healthcare arrangements with the EU and is seeking agreements with Member States, so that no individual will face sudden changes to their healthcare cover when we leave the EU