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Operation Yellowhammer report and what it says about medicine shortages

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A number of medicines cannot be 'stockpiled' due to short shelf lives, according to the Yellowhammer documents (Picture: Getty Images)
Quite a lot of medicines can’t be ‘stockpiled’ on account of brief shelf lives, in response to the Yellowhammer paperwork (Picture: Getty Images)

The authorities has warned that medicines can be ‘particularly vulnerable to severe delays’ within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.

According to the Yellowhammer paperwork, which the federal government was compelled to publish after MPs voted to pressure them to take action, ‘three-quarters of medicines’ come to the from the EU.

The six web page doc additionally units out the influence of a no-deal situation on meals provides, delays on the border, civil dysfunction, gasoline disruption and rising electrical energy costs.

The authorities admits within the paperwork that it can not present stockpiles for sure medicines which have ‘short shelf lives’.

This is what the doc says in relation to the influence on medicines: ‘The BDG/DfT planning assumption on lowered movement charges describes a pre-mitigation cheap worst case movement price that could possibly be as little as 40% D1ND by way of the brief Channel Straits, with vital disruption lasting as much as six months.

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‘Unmitigated, this can have an effect on the availability of medicines and medical provides.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 27, 2019 in Nantes, western France, medicines, pills, tablets, suppositories and pharmaceutical drugs are pictured. - Preparedness in Britain for a no-deal Brexit remains "at a low level", with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact drug and food supplies, according to government assessments released September 11, 2019. British MPs voted last week to force the government to publish the no-deal "Operation Yellowhammer" document, which also warns of "public disorder" in such a scenario. Britain's plan for no checks at the Irish border would likely "prove unsustainable due to significant economic, legal and biosecurity risks", it said, adding that it could lead to a black market developing in border communities, with dissident groups expected to capitalise. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Preparedness in Britain for a no-deal stays ‘at a low level’ (Picture: AFP)

‘The reliance of medicines and medical products’ provide chains on the brief straits crossing, make them significantly weak to extreme prolonged delays; three-quarters of medicines come by way of the brief straights.

‘Supply chains are additionally extremely regulated and require transportation that meets strict Good Distribution Practices. This can embody limits on time of transit, or imply merchandise should be transported beneath temperature managed circumstances.

‘Whilst some products can be stockpiled others cannot due to short shelf lives-it will also not be practical to stockpile products to cover expected delays of up to six months. DHSC is developing a multi-layered approach to mitigate these risks. (DHSC).’

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An complete paragraph has been blacked out on the doc regarding no-deal Brexit fears.

The Yellowhammer pages additionally set out the anticipated influence on EU citizenship for British nationals in addition to the influence on clear water and fears over fishing wars between UK and EU vessels.

What does Operation Yellowhammer warn of?

  • Three months of disruption at Channel crossings
  • Two-and-a-half day delays for lorries coming into the UK
  • Immigration delays for UK vacationers heading to Europe
  • Rise in protests and public dysfunction
  • Disruption to gasoline provides
  • ‘Significant’ electrical energy worth rises
  • ‘Severe extended delays’ to medicine provides
  • Animal illness outbreaks
  • Reduction in provides of contemporary meals
  • Supermarket worth rises
  • Panic-buying
  • Lack of unpolluted water on account of failure in provide of chemical substances
  • Breakdown in sharing of regulation enforcement information with EU nations
  • Gibraltar not ready sufficient
  • Fishing wars between UK and EU vessels
  • Hard border in Ireland

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