EU Exit

EU Exit

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading the response to an EU Exit across the health and care sector.

DHSC is also the key contact for the sector with the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and the Cabinet Office.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working closely with DHSC to best prepare the NHS.

 

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Information for patients

Patient-facing messages will continue to be published on the nhs.uk website under the appropriate section.

The Government has re-issued / updated guidance for:

NHS Confederation regularly publish EU Exit updates on their website.

People returning to live in the UK can find more information on the Gov.UK website.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which has overall responsibility for medicines supply, has taken actions to help ensure medicines continue to be available and that any supply disruptions are mitigated. Unnecessary stockpiling puts more pressure on the supply chain and can risk additional pressure on the availability of medicines in other parts of the country. Prescribers and pharmacists should explain to patients that they should continue to order their prescriptions as normal.

A number of measures are in place to manage shortages and minimise the risks to patients. If a specific medicine shortage emerges at national level, prescribers and pharmacies will be quickly alerted and advised of the appropriate management plan for patients who may be affected.

Information for health professionals

All information published by DHSC – and other parts of Government – on EU Exit can be viewed here.

Any information published by NHS England and NHS Improvement will be available on the NHS England web pages.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which has overall responsibility for medicines supply, has taken actions to help ensure medicines continue to be available and that any supply disruptions are mitigated. Their guidance is that it is not necessary for local providers, whether in hospitals or primary care, to stockpile medicines or for clinicians to write longer prescriptions for patients. Unnecessary stockpiling puts more pressure on the supply chain and can risk additional pressure on the availability of medicines in other parts of the country. Prescribers and pharmacists should explain to patients that they should continue to order their prescriptions as normal.

A number of measures are in place to manage shortages and minimise the risks to patients. If a specific medicine shortage emerges at national level, prescribers and pharmacies will be quickly alerted and advised of the appropriate management plan for patients who may be affected.

Workforce

Government and the NHS support staff from the EU; they make a substantial contribution to health and social care services across the UK. Everything possible is being done to ensure they can to continue work in the NHS.

The EU Settlement Scheme is open to all EU citizens, including NHS staff, and can allow EU nationals to gain ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled status’. The Settlement Scheme will allow EU nationals to continue to live and work in the UK beyond June 2021, meaning they will not need to apply for visas when the new immigration system takes effect. The scheme will also lock in the rights of EU nationals, meaning they will be able to access healthcare, benefits and other government services in the same way they currently do. If any of your NHS staff from the EU have not already done so, encourage them to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. They can do this up until 30 June 2021.

Employment contracts will not need to change for EU citizens legally resident in the UK on 31 December 2020, and they will have no problem carrying on working as they do now.

Reciprocal care

Following EU Exit, if you are travelling to the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland on or after 31 October, please ensure you take out comprehensive travel insurance.

A new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will be available from the new year in recognition of the new agreement with the EU. This will replace the EHIC.

The agreement the Government has reached with the EU ensures that UK residents will continue to have access to emergency and necessary healthcare cover when they travel to the EU. This will operate like the current EHIC scheme.

Visit https://www.ehic.co.uk/ for the latest information.

Last updated on 29 September 2021 at 06:42 by nathanskelton