Brexit health alliance formed to safeguard healthcare interests

A new alliance has been established as the voice of the NHS during Brexit negotiations to safeguard the interests of patients as the UK leaves the EU. | Story via OnMedica

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A new alliance of health organisations has been formed to safeguard the interests of patients, and the healthcare and health research, as the UK prepares to begin Brexit negotiations with the EU.

The Brexit Health Alliance brings together NHS, medical research, industry, patients and public health organisations, and it will be co-chaired by Sir Hugh Taylor, the former permanent secretary of the Department of Health, and Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

The Alliance will seek to make sure that issues such as healthcare research, access to technologies and treatment of patients are given the prominence and attention they deserve in the Brexit negotiations, and it will argue that it is in the interests of both Europe and the UK to maintain co-operation in research and in handling public health issues.

The Alliance will urge the UK government to make sure there is a commitment to medical research and providing alternative funding to the loss of funding from the EU, and also to ensure that UK citizens’ right to receive healthcare in EU countries is preserved.

Full story at OnMedica

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