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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 25224, tabled on 4 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that continence products can be transported without interruption after the end of the transition period; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

13 March 2020

Prior to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on 31 January 2020, the Department analysed the supply chains of 12,300 medicines, close to half a million product lines of medical devices and clinical consumables, vaccines used in national and local programmes, and essential non-clinical goods on which the health and care system relies.

The Department has continued to work closely with the devolved administrations, suppliers, the National Health Service and other key stakeholders to ensure our supply contingency plans for 31 December 2020 will cover the NHS, social care and the independent sector and covers all medicines, medical devices, supplies for clinical trials, vaccines and countermeasures, organs and tissues for transplants, and clinical consumables - including continence pads.