NHS trusts will be asked to assess the impact of a no deal Brexit on their supply chain of goods and equipment, HSJ can reveal.
This week the Department of Health and Social Care is set to instruct all trusts to carry out a detailed study of what impact the UK leaving the EU without a deal would have on their ability to purchase and maintain vital stock.
It comes two months after the government told the NHS not to stockpile medicines ahead of Brexit, which takes place on March 29.
The NHS spends nearly £6bn every year on common goods, devices, and medical equipment.
HSJ understands a review of the main suppliers to the NHS Supply Chain, the national system through which trusts can choose to buy products, has already been carried out by the government
By Nick Carding|9 October 2018