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Seven days in medicine: 21-27 November 2018

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5007 (Published 29 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5007

Brexit

Royal College of GPs backs people’s vote

The governing council of the Royal College of General Practitioners voted to oppose the UK’s exit from the European Union and to support a second referendum (a “people’s vote”) on Brexit negotiations. The motions cited the potential damage to the UK from leaving the EU, such as making it harder to recruit and retain health and social care professionals, harming public health, and limiting access to medicines, devices, and radioisotopes. The college will now consider how to take the motions forward. The BMA passed a similar motion in June.

Government must clarify drug supply plans

A House of Lords committee asked the government to clarify its contingency preparations to ensure that the UK still has access to drugs and medical products in a “no deal” Brexit. In a letter to England’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee warned that it had heard expert evidence that a no deal Brexit may limit availability and delay supplies. It asked what work had been done to ensure that drug imports are treated as a priority at the border if the UK does not negotiate an exit deal with the EU, and it requested more details on plans to secure and prioritise airborne routes for medical products. (Full …

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