We’ve been having regular meetings with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to understand their plans in the event of a no deal Brexit. They’ve focused on:
Continuity of medicine, devices and products supply across the UK.
Reciprocal healthcare arrangements for UK citizens living and travelling in the EU.
The government have shared their contingency plans to keep medicines, medical devices and products in supply, these include:
Suppliers holding 6 weeks’ extra stock above their usual levels and continuing to replenish them as they’re used.
The government buying extra space on ferries and prioritising medicines and medical devices for import. And setting up an express freight service to deliver medical products where there’s an urgent need.
Preparing medicine suppliers for new border arrangements to re-route their medicines to make sure they’re able to enter the country.
Ensuring that regulations are in place to ensure that medicines, medical devices and clinical trials licensed or tested in the EU can continue to be used in the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Reciprocal healthcare arrangements
The government also announced their plans to ensure that UK nationals living in the EU whose healthcare is currently paid for (S1 form holders, their dependents, and those living abroad on exit day and using European Health Insurance Cards, such as students and workers) are covered for the next six months.
However, they also urge citizens living in EU countries to start making arrangements to secure healthcare access.
For six months after exit day, the government will reimburse the healthcare costs or pay providers directly where necessary. In addition, those who are mid treatment on exit day will have the cost of their treatment covered.
NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will begin sending out letters to the 180,000 S1 form holders. The letter will inform S1 holders of the necessary steps they need to take, which include registering for residency and applying for local healthcare schemes to ensure they have access to appropriate healthcare when the UK leaves the EU.
What should people with Parkinson’s do?
We would encourage people to keep ordering your repeat prescriptions and take your medicines as normal.
Share any issues you’re having about accessing medications with us by contacting our helpline on [email protected] or 0800 800 0303. You should provide details on where you live (or work if you’re a Parkinson’s health professional) and the name, strength and supplier of the medication. We’ll share this information with the DHSC only to allow them to pinpoint where they need to take action to address any potential shortfalls.
If you’re a UK citizen living in the EU you need to register for residency and apply for local healthcare schemes to ensure you have access to appropriate care.
If you’re planning to travel to the EU, please make sure your travel insurance covers you and not rely solely on the European Health Insurance Card, as it may not be valid after Brexit.
What should professionals do?
- Read updates from your local health body and NHS England and share relevant information with patients to reassure them.
- Share any issues you’re having accessing medications with us.
We will continue to work with the DHSC and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that people with Parkinson’s are able to access the services they rely on, should there be a no deal Brexit.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our helpline on [email protected] or 0800 800 0303.
If you are having issues getting your medication, please discuss this with your GP, consultant, pharmacist or Parkinson's nurse.
You can also contact our helpline on 0808 800 0303.