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Health service commitments on all-Ireland access to medicines post-Brexit welcome - Louise O'Reilly TD

25 September, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has welcomed commitments given by the Department of Health that there would be no medicines shortages after Brexit, and that they would work with the Department of Health in the North of Ireland to ensure open and accessible medical supply lines between Ireland and mainland Europe.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The commitments given by the Department of Health in today’s Oireachtas Health Committee on the preparations of the health service for Brexit are welcome.

“Officials from the Department gave commitments to the effect that preparations have been carried out which should ensure that there are no medicines shortages post-Brexit.

“Indeed, the Department have also assured us that the medical supply chain between Ireland and mainland Europe is open, accessible, and ready to cater for increases in the transport of medicines in the aftermath of Brexit.

“It is also very welcome that the Department of Health officials are engaged with their counterparts in the North of Ireland about post-Brexit preparations and have assured us that all existing health co-operation will continue and that supply routes for medicines through the South will be available to the health service in the North.

“Even with these commitments, this situation is incredibly volatile as we have seen with the unprecedented events over the past month in Westminster, so it is important that the Minister for Health stays on top of this issue.”

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