John Lamont MP has received further assurances from the Health Secretary that medicine supplies to the Scottish Borders will be protected after Brexit.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, the local MP noted that a number of constituents were concerned about the supply of their medicines after the UK leaves the EU. He then asked for reassurance from the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP that the supply of medicines “to harder to reach places like Scotland will continue after we leave the EU.”
In response, the Secretary of State said that ensuring that supply chains were in place “in any Brexit scenario” was the responsibility of the UK Government, work was being done with the Scottish Government to make sure “that the flow [of medicines] reaches all parts of the UK.”
Commenting, John Lamont MP said: “A number of constituents have got in touch with me about this issue, which I know is of concern to some residents in the Borders.
“The UK Government has repeatedly said that in any Brexit scenario, the supply of medicines would be protected. I was nevertheless pleased to receive this further reassurance from the Health Secretary.
“Steps have already been taken to make sure enough medicines are being stored and further work is ongoing to make sure that the supply chains already in place are protected even if we leave without a deal.”