Detailed planning is underway for EU Exit in Kent and Medway. As part of that, NHS organisations, Kent County Council and Medway Council are working together to ensure that health and care services continue to run smoothly for local people.

Glenn Douglas, chief executive of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said: “In Kent, as across the rest of the country, we plan and rehearse for all eventualities that could disrupt services.

“We have a long history of coping highly effectively with difficulties, whether caused by closure of the motorways, issues affecting the ports, or the vagaries of the weather.

“Our magnificent staff go to great lengths to ensure that people get the healthcare they need without disruption, including those who are housebound, and will continue to do so.

“People can rest assured that the local NHS and care services in Kent and Medway have plans and arrangements in place in readiness for our departure from the European Union.”