Health secretary vows hospitals will have medicine in event of no-deal Brexit​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock leaves Downing Street, London, following a cabinet meeting. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock leaves Downing Street, London, following a cabinet meeting. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

HOSPITALS, GPs and pharmacies will continue to have access to medicine in the case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the health secretary has vowed.

Matt Hancock wrote to staff across the UK to reassure them imported medicines would still be available if Britain left the EU without a deal.

In his letter, he said health sites would not need to take any steps to stockpile extra drugs of medicines and that there was no need for clinicians to write longer NHS prescriptions.

His comments come as Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt last week issued a stern warning to Brussels that if the UK left the EU without a deal, Britain would pull the plug on a £1bn of aid support it pays to Europe every year.