Hospitals, healthcare providers, medical facilities and pharmacies need medicines and medical equipment readily available in order to provide proper care to patients and save them from life-threatening diseases. Fortunately, there is medical logistics that can provide services that are specifically tailored to the demands of the industry.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, NHS might face shortage of medical supplies and equipment. In order to ensure that there will be no disruptions in patient care, the government has created a logistics hub in Belgium for stents, implants and other medical products. The exact location has not been disclosed but the logistics hub will act as a warehouse for a wide range of hospital and pharmaceutical supplies.
According to Health Minister Stephen Hammond, he wants to assure MP’s that the in-depth nature of government planning will make sure that the availability of medical supplies will not be affected. Extensive preparations are being made from extra warehouse capacity for the storage of medical supplies to drug companies stockpiling an extra 6 weeks of medical products. Items that will be required by NHS are being delivered to Birmingham by daily flights from Maastricht in Netherlands.
Hammond further said that are no guarantees but the government is confident that everyone knows what to do from the suppliers, freight companies, international partners and the healthcare system in case the UK exits the EU without a deal. There is an existing cross-government agreement that will prioritize medicines and medical products on alternate routes to ensure an unimpeded flow of products.
Minister Hammond has warned of the possibility that more than 500 over-the-counter medicines that come from the EU to UK may be difficult to obtain in no-deal Brexit. The Ministry of Health is working with NHS England to identify the medicines important for the management of specific health conditions.
The highest quality of service is guaranteed by medical logistics to its clientele. Machines that will be used in medical laboratories are handled with the utmost care. Technical logistics support is provided from the transport of products to their destination. Vehicles are specially designed to ensure a high level of logistics performance.