Protocol’s threat to medicine supplies still looms large

DUP Health Committee Members Pam Cameron MLA and Deborah Erskine MLA have today met with the British Generic Manufactures Association (BGMA) to discuss the continued and ongoing threat to medicine supplies to Northern Ireland as a result of the Protocol.

By Pam Cameron MLA

South Antrim

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The DUP MLAs called on those championing the rigorous implementation of the Protocol to recognise the damage their actions are having.

They said:

“Medicines from Great Britain constitute the majority of our medical supplies here in Northern Ireland. Last week we had the stark warning from the Health Minister that the Protocol was continuing to cause significant issues for the supply of medicines into Northern Ireland.

Despite the claims by some that the proposals published by the European Union solved the issue, notices of intention to discontinue product sales into Northern Ireland still remain in place.

It is absolutely unacceptable that medicines should not be available on the same basis to all patients within the United Kingdom. This basic freedom is in jeopardy as a result of the Protocol.

The Protocol is undermining the health and wellbeing of all of our people and weakening the resilience of our health service, at a time when we can least afford it.

The European Union and those cheerleading for its rigorous implementation need to take a serious look at the damage their actions are having.

The Protocol’s threat to our medicine supplies still looms large, serving as yet another reason as to why the Irish Sea Border must go.”

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