Department of Health must approve all NHS texts, tweets and emails about Brexit

Watch what you say about Brexit! Department of Health must approve all NHS texts, tweets and emails about how the UK's departure from the EU may affect the health service Leaked email from a director at the Department of Health and Social Care 'External communication' must be cleared to give public 'clear information' Includes press releases and even phone calls to members of the public 

By Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 17:29 GMT, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 11:33 GMT, 12 February 2019

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The Department of Health has insisted on approving all texts, tweets and emails sent out by the NHS concerning Brexit.

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'.

This comes after the NHS Blood and Transplant Authority tweeted earlier this month about blood donor sessions being moved from Dover for six months to avoid traffic disruption during Brexit.

Department of Health must approve all messages sent out by the NHS about Brexit (stock)

Department of Health must approve all messages sent out by the NHS about Brexit (stock)

In an email leaked to the HSJ, Rachel Carr said of the tweet - which has since been removed: 'This was not cleared either through the EU exit comms team or through the secretary of state.

'At a time of some uncertainty, it is important the public gets consistent and clear information. 

'We have been very clear with your EU exit leads that every piece of external communication must be cleared through us.'

Ms Carr stressed every piece of communication - from emails to suppliers to phone calls to

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