HSJ brings you an end-of-week roundup of Brexit health news.

Brexit brought us a new health minister this week. Seema Kennedy, who hails from South Ribble in Lancashire, is replacing Steve Brine, who resigned last month in protest at the prospect of a no-deal departure.

Ms Kennedy is not an uninteresting character, having been close to Theresa May and serving as her Parliamentary private secretary since spring 2017. Yet despite this, somehow, apparently, still being widely respected among colleagues.

The fact Ms May has now decided to dispense her trusted aide up Victoria Street to the Department of Health and Social Care, suggests the New Statesmanis a sign the prime minister knows her game is very nearly up, and wants to give her pal a ministerial life raft off her sinking ship while she still can. 

NHS leaders in Lancashire will be conscious that Ms Kennedy’s South Ribble constituency is highly affected by long-running rows in the patch over the fate of Chorley’s accident and emergency department – a saga which makes Brexit look like a walk in the park.

Well that’s something

EU workers will have their qualifications and registrations recognised whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, the health and social care secretary has confirmed.

The government has introduced legislation that means health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU institutions can continue to practise in the UK after the country leaves the European Union.

As one keen reader observed: ”Well that’s one piece of good news from an otherwise gloomy morning of HSJ news.”

Coverage elsewhere

The non-clinical contribution to the NHS is enjoying some overdue publicity, with a few lay media outlets showing footage of one of the warehouses where supplies are being stockpiled for the event of a no-deal.

Health bosses in Bury are having to fill in an 85-question form every day as the country continues to lurch towards Brexit, the local paper reports. As are health bosses elsewhere than Bury. Sympathy at last for the pen pushers.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is “on top of it” when it comes to Brexit, its board has been told. Just the maternity services and accident and emergency departments to worry about then.