The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has written to all health and care staff in England, to give more information about the Government’s ongoing preparation for leaving the European Union, including:
- the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK after it leaves the EU
- the continued recognition of EU professional qualifications in the UK
- medicines and prescribing in the event of a no-deal EU Exit
The letter emphasises that the UK Government has put in place legislation that ensures the continued recognition of European qualifications by all professional regulators covering the health and social care sectors, including the General Pharmaceutical Council. The letter states that “EU staff who are currently practising in the UK can continue to do so, and that professionals qualified in the EEA and Switzerland can continue to apply for registration after exit day, even if we leave without a deal.”
The Secretary of State also reminds health and care staff that providers and health professionals should not stockpile additional medicines, beyond their business as usual stock levels.