Medicines ‘will be prioritised over food’ under a no-deal Brexit

 Medicines 'will be prioritised over food' under a no-deal Brexit

Medicines will be prioritised over food under a no-deal Brexit, the Health Secretary has declared.

Matt Hancock said more than half of drugs prescribed in the UK originate in European Union countries, as he insisted there is sufficient time left to ensure supplies are not disrupted .

Asked whether medicines were more vital than food, the Health Secretary told MPs: “Of course, medicine will be prioritised.”

He told a Commons select committee that Britain is far more reliant on EU imports for medicine than it is for food.

And he said the pharmaceutical industry was rising to the challenge of ensuring supplies of around 12,000 different medicines used in Britain are not disrupted.

Speaking at hearing on the future of the health service, Mr Hancock was repeatedly questioned about fears of medicines shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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