Birmingham hospitals chief says he cannot envision patient safety being unaffected
NHS trusts could run out of medical supplies if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal, a hospitals chief executive has warned.
Dr David Rosser, of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust, said he could not envision any scenario whereby a no-deal Brexit does not significantly affect patient safety.
“In the event of a chaotic, no-deal exit, many NHS trusts could quickly run out of vital medical supplies,” Rosser wrote in a memo to the UHB board of directors last week. Even if there were central stockpiling, shortages would likely occur due to "unprecedented" distribution challenges, he added.