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UK’s National Health Service making post-Brexit plans

July 1, 2018
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People march in central London to mark the 70th anniversary of the forming of the National Health Service (NHS), Saturday June 30, 2018. Various unions and interested groups gathered Saturday to celebrate the forming of the NHS and call for better funding for the British health service. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Health Service is making plans to ensure that medical supplies will be available if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal.

NHS chief Simon Stevens says Sunday there’s “significant planning” underway to make sure the NHS can cope with a no-deal Brexit without a disruption in services. He told the BBC a no-deal departure from the bloc is not a “desirable situation” but detailed planning could soften the blow.

He said Britain’s health agency and other governmental departments are working to make sure supplies of medicine and medical equipment can still be accessed under various Brexit scenarios.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU next March. Progress in divorce negotiations with EU countries has been slow and there are concerns Britain could leave with no agreement in place.

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