As Brexit is looming, the Department of Health and Social Care is setting up a new £25 million service, which will deliver urgent medicines and medical products into the UK.
An express freight service proposed by the government will provide an additional level of contingency and support continuity of supply when the UK plans to leaves the EU on the 31st October.
The service is intended to deliver small parcels of medicines or medical products on a 24-hour basis, with additional provision to move larger pallet quantities on a 2- to 4-day basis and will be available to the whole of the UK.
Apart from standard medicines and medical products, the express freight service will also deliver temperature-controlled products.
The new service will also support initiatives, such as building buffer stocks of medicines and medical products, strengthening the process and resources used to deal with shortages, procuring additional warehouse capacity and more.
Chris Skidmore, Health Minister, said: "I want to ensure that when we leave the EU at the end of October, all appropriate steps have been taken to ensure front-line services are fully prepared. That’s why we are stepping up preparations and strengthening our already extremely resilient contingency plans."
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