Posted: Thu 28th Mar 2019

Welsh Government has bought a warehouse to stockpile medical equipment in case Brexit disrupts supplies.

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 28th, 2019

The Welsh Government has purchased a warehouse to stockpile of medical equipment and devices in case Brexit disrupts supplies.

The government hasn’t disclosed the exact location of the warehouse other than it’s in the south east of Wales, it says the site “will assist in our readiness preparations for Brexit, which is our overriding priority at this time.”

The warehouse will store enough essential medicines and clinical equipment to last around six weeks in a bid to mitigate any risk to supply chains from Brexit.

 

Health and social services minister Vaughan Gething said:

“I am pleased to announce the acquisition of a warehouse in South East Wales to provide additional storage capacity for medical devices and clinical consumables to ensure there is a continuity of supply for Wales.”

“As part of our contingency planning, we have been working very closely with NHS Wales, the UK Government, and other key stakeholders to assess risks relating to maintaining a supply for medical devices and clinical consumables after the UK leaves the European Union.”

These are key products which could be impacted by potential changes to trading relations with the EU, if for example there should be a restricted flow of goods into the UK through border ports.

“It is vital that contingency plans are put in place to limit any possible disruption to healthcare supplies and the significant risk to health and social care in Wales that this could cause.

An essential part of these plans is the securing of additional storage capacity to maintain an increased stock in Wales of these critical items.” Said the minister.

The facility will enable the stocking of more health items, and the stocking of at risk categories of social care items, meaning “our dependency on external supply chains is decreased and our resilience is increased.” Said Mr Gething.

He added: “We will also be able to increase our understanding of the supply chain, volumes, pressures and geographic origin of the products we use in our healthcare system. This means that we can more easily achieve efficiencies and cost savings, as well as supporting economic development in Wales.”

The government says it intends to hire out the warehouse space to local supply chain partners including start-up commercial companies and non-profit social enterprises, developing new devices, products or service offerings.

“I am extremely proud of the health and social care system in Wales, and am keenly aware of how important it is to ensure our services are protected in this uncertain time for our nation.”

The purchase of this site will assist in our readiness preparations for Brexit, which is our overriding priority at this time.” Mr Gething said.

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