Health department signs two contracts to store drugs under 'no-deal' Brexit - (The Guardian via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The UK health department has signed two contracts for warehouse space to stockpile drugs in the case of a no-deal Brexit, The Guardian reported Friday.

  • The department is also seeking to secure a third deal about three months before the UK is set to leave the EU.

  • The health department noted that the total cost of the deals is approximately 10 million pounds.

  • Deputy health minister Stephen Hammond noted that funding for the space, which includes refrigerated space, has been approved on the condition that additional medicine warehousing capacity would be in place in time to accommodate stockpiled medicines by the start of next month.

  • "To reassure participating companies, we have committed to treating all information received confidentially, securely and to using it only for the purposes of the department's programme," explained Hammond, adding "that means not introducing information about a company or a specific medicine into the public domain."

  • "It is really horrifying to see the Department of Health spending a fortune on fridges when there are so many other pressing priorities," stated former health secretary Norman Lamb, continuing "when we know that a 'no-deal' is absolutely avoidable, this is a scandalous waste of money. The government will be held responsible for the reckless waste of public money."

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