Brexit medicine shortages would be a "bitter pill"

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that Brexit risks triggering serious medicine shortages as parliamentary questions revealed "there is no way to quantify exactly how much insulin is being held".

According to the Scottish Diabetes Survey 2016, there are 291,981 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland recorded on local diabetes registers at the end of 2016. This represents 5.4% of the population. More than 30,000 people in Scotland currently use insulin pumps.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"The fact that the UK government are prepared to leave the EU in a way that would sever access to essential medicines will be a bitter pill to swallow for patients across the UK who rely on regular prescriptions.

"Both of Scotland's governments need to work together to ensure that access to vital medicines like insulin are secured. With a no deal Brexit now a serious risk, the UK Government needs to urgently share its contingency plans with the Scottish Government and the wider public so that they can be properly scrutinised.

“The very idea that anyone voted for medicine shortages is utterly absurd. It’s time for anyone with the slightest ounce of compassion for the tens of thousands who depend on cross border medical supplies to throw their support behind a People's Vote and an exit from Brexit."

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