The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, was on the Today programme this morning and implied that taxpayers may end up footing some of the bill for stockpiling medical supplies in the case of a no deal Brexit.
He said “We won’t pay for the drugs themselves, because they will be sold on into the NHS, so we are not going to pay for them twice…But we are talking to the pharmaceutical industry about the extra cost that they might have to incur in that eventuality.”
Commenting, Tom Brake MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“There’ll be textbooks written in future about Brexit as a public policy disaster. In just two years, ministers have gone from promising ‘sunlit uplands’ to admitting that taxpayers may have to foot the bill for stockpiling vital medical supplies. And we haven’t even left yet – what nasties are there that they haven’t even spotted yet?
“This dystopian Brexit Britain is not what anyone voted for in 2016. People wanted a stronger NHS, not a health service on its knees, at risk of running out of medicine, equipment and staff.
“With the Brexit being delivered now unrecognisable from the one that was promised, it’s no wonder that calls are growing for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”