Daily Express front criticised after claims Brexit will 'save lives'
- Credit: Twitter
A front cover from the Daily Express featuring comments from health secretary Matt Hancock suggesting Brexit can "save lives" has been criticised.
Under the headline "BREXIT GIVES UK FREEDOM TO FAST-TRACK WONDER DRUGS", the newspaper reports that Hancock had insisted that Brexit will help save lives by allowing new drugs to be approved faster.
The health secretary claimed that Britain "will join forces with the best regulators in the world to speed up the licensing of medicines".
But the report has left people in "despair", while others branded it "North Korean propaganda".
One said: "It's called regulatory for a reason and fasttrack means less scrutiny and testing! I despair! Nothing wrong with speeding up a process based on science and technology but don't blame the EU!"
You may also want to watch:
Dr Paul Hewson wrote: "I wonder who benefits from expensive and inadequately tested drugs. Especially as we know Covid outcomes are worse in some areas that need public health interventions...."
Thomas Liebers noted: "The typical priority list of an innovative pharmaceutical or biotech company is to submit for authorisation in the US and EU first. Depending on patient population, followed by Japan. Outside the EU, UK is a small third party way down the priority list."
- 1 The stench of scandal seeping out from Britain
- 2 Why is devout Jacob Rees-Mogg so quiet about Boris Johnson's affairs?
- 3 Dominic Cummings' new venture could cause concern for No 10
- 4 Major and Blair were right about Brexit and Northern Ireland
- 5 Government deletes pro-Scottish independence blog post
- 6 The symbolism behind the reopening of pubs
- 7 Roman Kemp: Depression and coping with George Michael's death
- 8 Why are there so few BAME faces on the fronts of our newspapers?
- 9 David Cameron and Matt Hancock discussed NHS scheme over 'private drink'
- 10 PM chooses not to attend Prince Philip’s funeral because of guest limits
Neil Evans was more scathing of Hancock's comments. He tweeted: "Hancock barely gets by in the shitshow that is this government. How would he manage with the world's best?"
Neil Fawcett added: "Shameless propaganda. Does anyone believe this? Are we living in the Soviet Union now?"
Jon Worth posted: "At best the UK can hope for little change. At worst it’ll be *slower* to get drugs in the UK as firms will seek approval in a 440million market (the EU) rather than a 65million one (the UK)."
Rob Stripe said: "Who to believe? Industry & medical professionals or the Daily Express? Wow, that’s a difficult one!"
But Hancock is reported to have told his cabinet colleagues in 2018 that he "could not guarantee that people would not die" after Brexit if there was a no-deal scenario.
At the time the health secretary refused to confirm or deny his statement – but said the prospect of no deal was ‘not pretty’ for healthcare.
He said: "In the event of no deal, we’ve got to ensure that there is the unhindered flow of medicines to people and we’re putting in place what is needed to do that.
"Now if everybody does the things that they needed to do, including us in government but also the pharmaceutical industry, then I’m confident that we can deliver that.
"But there’s a lot of work that needs to happen to ensure that we have that unhindered supply of medicine.
"This is in the event of no deal. We’ve got a deal."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.