Department of Health must approve all NHS communication about Brexit

The Department of Health has insisted on approving all texts, tweets and emails sent out by the NHS concerning Brexit.” notices Staff will then check this over with the department’s EU Exit policy team, before it gets cleared via the head of EU exit communications and ministerial private office.A leaked email from the director of communications at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) revealed any ‘external communication’ must be cleared to ensure the public gets ‘consistent and clear information’.The procedure involves all arm-length bodies – a common term for public departments or agencies – sending information to communications officers at the DHSC.

Arm-length bodies include the Care Quality Commission, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.And some even have to get the go-ahead from ministers and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU).

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