Firm at centre of KFC delivery chaos gets no-deal Brexit contract | Politics News
Theresa May has been accused of putting lives at risk – as she was challenged over a “bargain bucket” agreement to supply medicines under a no-deal Brexit.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas raised the contract at PMQs.
She told the Commons that DHL – a company “incapable of delivering chicken to KFC” – will be charged with importing medical supplies if Britain leaves without a deal.
“It is horrifying that the PM’s stubbornness is literally putting people’s lives at risk through bargain bucket supply deals.”@TheGreenParty MP @CarolineLucas raises a no-deal Brexit medicine supply contract given to the firm at the centre of the KFC delivery chaos in 2018. pic.twitter.com/ATeM72w34y
— Sky News Politics (@SkyNewsPolitics) February 27, 2019
The government has asked drug companies to make sure they have an additional six-week supply of drugs in case of any disruption.
But the choice of DHL has provoked disquiet, given what happened with KFC last February.
The fried chicken chain changed supplier last February, with the disruption leading to more than 500 of its restaurants closing.
Some people called the police to complain about shortages of chicken.
Ms Lucas said: “In the event of a no-deal Brexit the government has just decided that imports of medical supplies are to be handled by the same company that forced hundreds of restaurants to close because it was incapable of delivering chicken to KFC.
“It is horrifying that the PM’s stubbornness is literally putting people’s lives at risk through bargain bucket supply deals.
“So what guarantee can she give to patients who are watching us now, looking at this pantomime and farce in this House now, that they will be able to get their vital medicines when they need them in the event of that no-deal Brexit?”
Mrs May replied: “The Department of Health and Social Care is taking the steps necessary to ensure that medicines are available.
“We’ve been clear before that it is not necessary for patients to stockpile medicines – medicines will be available.
“But if (Ms Lucas) is so concerned about the impact of no-deal – and it’s no good her shaking her head – there’s a very simple answer: if she doesn’t want no-deal, she should support the deal.”
A Department for Health spokesperson said it was “misleading” to compare the delivery of chicken with supplying medicine.
They added: “DHL is one of the biggest logistics companies in the world and since 2006 has provided services for a range of products for the NHS.”
Sky News has contacted DHL for comment.