Dad’s Brexit fears after hospital runs out of daughter’s lifesaving medication
A dad has revealed his Brexit fears after a hospital ran out of his nine-year-old daughter's lifesaving medication.
Edie Layfield had a kidney transplant three years ago after being diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure aged just four.
Dad Robin, from Rodborough, Gloucestershire, popped to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to pick up Edie’s prescription before the family headed off on a weekend break.
But he arrived to be told the medication wasn’t available and he would have to make the trip to Bristol.
Robin said: “I was able to get what we needed but there was a sticker on the box saying that stock was expiring this month.
“Now I am really concerned that too little preparation has been made for out medical supplies if we leave Brexit without a deal.
“There is a very British assumption that everything will be ok. But we get a huge amount of our medication from Europe and if we leave without those assurances in place things could become very serious for a lot of people.
“It’s almost like we are in denial and just burying our head in the sand, hoping everything will work out.
“But for people like Edie who needs medication every day of her life for her body not to reject her kidney we can’t afford to hope for the best.”
Health professionals and pharmaceutical companies have already expressed concerns about shortages of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit, reports Gloucestershire Live.
Some have reserved air freight capacity to fly in supplies if needed and experts are warning that disruption is going to be inevitable.
Some drugs might not have the required regulatory approval by then to be brought into the country and increased customs controls at ports and other borders between Britain and the EU could disrupt supplies of drugs and the chemical compounds needed to produce them, regulators and industry representatives say.
Robin says he is also worried about the knock-on effect for general non-life-dependent medicines after he went to buy an over-the-counter drug for Edie that normally costs £6 but the price had rocketed to £44.
“Edie needs to drink lots of water to flush out her kidneys and needs to take Sodium Bicarbonate (baking powder) and we had run out between prescriptions so I went to pick some up at the pharmacy,” he said.
“I can’t for one moment believe Brexit is going to have an impact on the UK’s ability to process a form of salt so I can only draw the conclusion that the internal market for medication is being systematically gouged and these kinds of price hikes will happen across the board, hidden behind flat-rate prescription fees.”
“There are people who need insulin for diabetes and people with asthma who are likely to be affected,” says Robin.
“These are life-threatening conditions. I am very alarmed at what might happen and I think we all need to be very concerned.
“I know what it is like to live in the UK, we are very good at ignoring things but we need to wake up to this very serious problem.
“We all need to be concerned and we need to push for an assurance from the Government that we are not going to be left high and dry without vital medical supplies.”
The Mirror has approached Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for a comment.
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