Dundee East SNP MP Stewart Hosie has raised concerns regarding insulin supplies in the UK in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, who like Mr Hosie suffers from Type 1 diabetes, he reiterated the concerns of many constituents and raised the warnings of Sir Michael Rawlins who recently stated that no human insulin is made in the UK at all.
Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, warned of the potentially dire consequences that many Type 1 diabetics in the UK face in the event of a “no deal” Brexit and has said that many pharmaceutical firms are “worried” about supply chains.
There are over 3 million diabetics in the UK, with over 1.2 million thought to require Insulin to control their condition.
In his letter to Theresa May Mr Hosie said:
“It is incumbent on the government to finally come clean with the public and tell them precisely what contingency plans are in place to ensure supplies of insulin and other lifesaving medicines will be in place in the event of a “no deal” Brexit.”
Commenting Stewart Hosie MP said:
“Insulin dependent diabetics throughout the UK like the prime minister and myself have a right to be worried If there are shortages in insulin and delays to shipments because of different customs arrangements.”
“Sir Michael Rawlins has warned against the consequences of Brexit. The SNP are particularly concerned about the prospect of a no deal Brexit, and have raised their concerns time and time again but now the government must listen.”
“Many Type 1 Diabetics who rely on insulin are deeply concerned about what happens to their insulin supplies if supply chains are disrupted.”
“A Sky News poll recently found that 78% of people believe the UK Government is doing a bad job when it comes to Brexit. The very least the UK government must now do is publish a detailed plan to show how supplies of important and lifesaving medicines, including insulin, will be maintained should the worst happen after next March.”