According to a government leak, following a no-deal Brexit, UK care providers will begin to feel the pressure of rising costs within two months.
The leaked documents named Operation Yellowhammer; surmises that Britain faces shortages of fuel, food and medicine.
The documents marked ‘Officially sensitive’ and requiring security clearance point out that the assessments are not worst-case scenarios, but without a trade agreement many sectors and the public as a whole will face shortages in fuels, foods and medicines.
The documents address social care and suggest that after October 31st, following a no-deal Brexit, rising costs will affect the sector and result in extended delays in medicines as three-quarters of the UK’s drugs enter the UK via the EU.
The document comments; that rising costs will hit social care with small providers impacted within 2-3 months and larger providers within 4-6 months.
Notably, it does not address people cared for in their own homes.
The documents do not mention the many thousands of elderly UK citizens already living in care homes or hospitalised, across the EU whom; following a no-deal and the cancelling of ‘Freedom of movement’ on November 1st, will almost certainly be forced to return to the UK
The documents also suggest that many businesses throughout the UK are not prepared and have not accessed advice via various government websites.
The Independent Care Group (ICG), said this document provided yet more evidence of the urgent need to tackle the social care crisis immediately.
“The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “Social care is already in crisis with 1.4m people living without the care they need and providers failing. This latest
document about the time after a no-deal Brexit warns, potentially, of even worse to come.
Source: Government leak says care providers will feel the pressure of rising costs within months following no-deal Brexit | Care Industry News