People share their concerns as a no-deal Brexit may put lives at risk

A selection of prescription medication
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

In the wake of Boris Johnson proroguing parliament in order to ensure a no-deal Brexit, there are reports of flu vaccine shortages becoming very likely. People have expressed alarm at the news because of its serious implications:

Medicine shortages

The Canary has previously reported on the likelihood of medicine shortages in the case of a no-deal Brexit. But many people took to Twitter recently to share the struggles they’re already having getting medication. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs, along with medicines to treat heart conditions, epilepsy, and Lupus, all appear to be in short supply:

Stockpiling

With the deadline for Brexit looming, medicine shortages in the UK appear to be a growing problem:

Some have suggested that the issue is being exacerbated by ‘stockpiling’. This is when healthcare providers or companies in the medicine supply chain hold on to stock, preventing it from reaching pharmacies:

Reports from NHS staff

Along with patients, healthcare workers themselves have suggested that Brexit is the cause of current shortages:

Risking lives

It’s clear that a no-deal Brexit could cause critical shortages in life-saving medication, potentially risking the lives of patients in the UK:

In the midst of a reported coup on parliament, it’s important to remember exactly what’s at stake. We aren’t just talking about a shortage of brie and prosecco. Boris Johnson is putting the lives of many thousands of seriously ill people at risk.

Featured image via Flickr/ Ryan Adams

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