Department of Health and Social Care issues Brexit warning to adult social care providers

As things stand at the time of writing, if the UK Parliament cannot agree a deal on Brexit, then the UK will leave the EU on 12 April.  If a deal can be agreed, then the exist date will be 22 May to allow time for the required legislation to be passed. 

The Department of Health and Social Care via the CQC has this week contacted adult social care providers warning them to prepare for the possibility of a no deal Brexit.  The Department originally published its no deal guidance in December 2018, but has via the CQC issued a timely reminder to providers to work on the basis that there is no deal and to prepare accordingly.  

If there is a no deal Brexit, the guidance produced by the Department of Health and Social Care warns adult social care providers may be affected in the following areas:

– Disruption to supply of medical goods and medicines
– Disruption to supply of non medical goods, namely food, laundry and fuel

The guidance also notes that for Data Protection purposes if the UK leaves the EU without a deal then transfer of data from the EU to the UK will be restricted unless proper safeguards are put in place.  

The full guidance can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commissioners-and-providers-of-social-care-brexit-planning-update

Jennifer Johnston, Associate, BLM
jennifer.johnston@blmlaw.com

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