Glenn Campbell gets oh so close to producing a fine piece of investigative journalism, then appears to lose his nerve at the end.
He has this impressive array of evidence that Scotland’s health chiefs are seriously concerned about what is about to happen as Boris Johnson seems prepared to drive the UK off a cliff in leaving the EU, trusting that the RAF will get the medicines in:
- NHS Grampian noted that about 85% of prescription-only medicines are imported to the UK from, or through, the EU single market.
- NHS Tayside’s planning assumptions include “shortages of some medicines, particularly after the first six weeks as stocks reduce”.
- NHS Ayrshire and Arran has also raised concerns that it may have to plug gaps in supply with more expensive alternatives and that European manufacturers may raise their prices after Brexit.
- NHS National Services anticipates “disruption if significant volumes of freight arrive at the border without completing the correct formalities”.
- NHS Tayside is assured it will have access to sufficient supplies for the first six weeks of 2021 but considers “there may be delays” after that.
- NHS Grampian has raised a particular concern about the impact any loss of EU workers would have on social care provision in the north east.
- NHS Borders said that while it was “not overly reliant” on EU nationals “uncertainty remains” about access to European labour after Brexit.
- NHS Tayside expects existing reciprocal healthcare arrangements with EU countries to break down if there is no deal.
- NHS Grampian estimates that as many as 300 UK citizens may relocate to north east Scotland and seek access to healthcare within a 6-12 week period.
- While NHS Borders said it had not yet experienced cost increases as a result of Brexit, NHS Ayrshire and Arran reported a 30% rise in some of its IT costs since the EU referendum in 2016.
- The Ayrshire and Arran board said there was a “high likelihood” that food supplies would be impacted by Brexit.
- NHS Borders has a particular concern about possible restrictions in supply of fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables.
- NHS Lanarkshire has registered an unusual risk factor – possible disruption to the normal supply of illegal drugs leading to alternative substances “contaminated with anthrax” reappearing on the market.
- The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service said it was concerned about “disruption to service delivery” if Brexit planning proved to be “insufficient”.
- NHS Highland expressed concern that a no-deal Brexit could compound the challenges of winter and “managing the backlog from the Covid-19 pandemic”.
This is dynamite Glenn. What’s your headline going to be?
Scotland’s health chiefs warn of no-deal Brexit risk
Really? Sarah Smith said that if you’re not going to dump this story you should be careful, very careful, with the headline?