Medicines will be prioritised over food imports under No-Deal Brexit

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Medicines will be prioritised over food imports under a no-deal Brexit, the Health Secretary has declared.

Matt Hancock said it was necessary move as half of drugs currently used in the UK originate from EU member states.

Asked by MPs whether NHS supplies are more vital than keeping supermarket shelves stocked, he said: “Of course, medicines will be prioritised.

“The explanation I give in terms of food is the proportion of what is imported is much smaller than for medicines, whereas for medicines the proportion imported is half have some touch point with the EU.”

Speaking at a Commons hearing on the future of health service, Mr Hancock said “very significant” planning was underway to ensure patients can continue accessing life-saving medicines.

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