Almost 18 months ago, the Kings Fund published an article that considered some of the most important implications for health and social care in England in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. This update looks at the developments that have taken place since the 2016 referendum.
The authors report that Brexit appears to already be having an impact, especially on the recruitment and retention of EU nationals in some parts of the workforce which is contributing to shortages of key staff.
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
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.