HEALTH bosses are preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

Following instructions from the government and NHS England both Royal Bolton Hospital and the Clinical Commissioning Group have started looking at the risks of a possible no-deal Brexit.

Su Long, the chief officer of Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) told the board on Friday that the main concern was the continuing supply of vaccines and medicines.

Around 75 per cent of the medicines used by the NHS come into the country via the European Union but local health bosses have been told not to act.

Ms Long said: “We are absolutely required not to take action on that, it’s action that’s being taken nationally.”

Ms Long’s report to the CCG board included guidance from NHS England, it says: “The government is working with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, and the NHS, to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.”

Ms Long explained that other concerns were mostly around staffing.

However, she reassured the board by explaining the EU settlement scheme ­— the scheme offers EU nationals the opportunity to apply for settled status and has been open to health workers since December.

The hospital trust has set up a working group to look into the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

Andy Ennis, chief operating officer at Bolton NHS Trust, said: “In line with advice to the NHS in general, we have set up a working group to look at issues related to Brexit such as procurement, staffing, recruitment etc.

“At this point it is not clear what the Brexit outcome will be so it is only sensible to plan ahead.”