The NHS and planning for Brexit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Reference: 
2018/2281
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In a letter to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, the Chief Executive of NHS Providers Chris Hopson warned that a Brexit with minimal regulatory alignment would damage the health service and urged him to engage in national planning1. What steps have you taken, for example through the London Health Board a) to develop a pan-London plan for the NHS and b) to lobby ministers to form a national plan to protect the NHS from negative consequences of Brexit?

 

1 NHS unprepared for no-deal Brexit, leaked letter warns, The Guardian, 21 August 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/21/nhs-leak-warns-of-brexit-drug-shortages-and-disease-risk

Answer

Answer for The NHS and planning for Brexit

Answer for The NHS and planning for Brexit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Planning for Brexit, as Mr Hopson points out in his letter, is a matter for national government. Given the scale and complexity of the task they should be involving people of the calibre of Simon Stevens in their plans.

Health Education England and the London Workforce Board are developing a London Brexit Dashboard and working with London's NHS trusts on mitigation measures in a range of potential Brexit scenarios for NHS staff.

I remain especially concerned about the potential impact of a 'no deal' Brexit on the capital and have asked the London Resilience Forum to establish the risk to the capital's access to medicines and emergency services.