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Senior clinicians warn of no-deal Brexit dangers to NHS in survey

Doctors have warned of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit in a survey by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Seventy nine per cent of respondents say that a no-deal Brexit will have a negative or strongly negative impact on the NHS.

Forty four per cent report that their employer is failing to plan effectively for the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit.

And 67% report that the UK Government is failing to plan effectively for the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on the NHS.

The survey was carried out of the College’s UK-based membership, and was prepared as part of the College’s submission to the House of Commons’ Health and Social Care Committee’s current inquiry into the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on the health sector in the UK.

The College’s Honorary Secretary, Dr Richard Hull, said: “The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is deeply concerned that Brexit may have a seriously negative impact on health and social care across the UK if the UK government is unable to negotiate a comprehensive agreement with the remaining EU member states on our future relationship.

“It is of significant concern to us that our membership clearly lacks confidence in the current contingency planning process for a no-deal Brexit. We believe that both NHS employers and the UK government should reflect on these results, and take immediate action to ensure that everything possible is being done in the coming weeks and months to ensure that the high standards of care currently provided by our health and social care system are able to be maintained when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.”

The College wants the government to:

  • Agree a cooperative regulatory framework between the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which would allow the smoothest transition in terms of the authorisation of medicines for use in the UK, safety and pharmacovigilance
  • Maintain close working links with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in order to maintain public health
  • Avoid a situation where there is a need for the imposition of trade barriers, including non-tariff barriers, on medical goods and services.

He added: “We also remain concerned that there is significant uncertainty within our membership on the future status of EEA nationals who have already chosen to come and work in the health and social care sector across the UK.

“This has the potential to significantly exacerbate existing workforce issues in the sector, with additional implications for the standards of care our membership is able to provide to our patients.”

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One Response to “Senior clinicians warn of no-deal Brexit dangers to NHS in survey”

  1. Jack Gi says:

    How can ‘asking the people’ not be democratic? When does a government’s mandate for Brexit on the current terms, as it believes them to be, expire?

    The people MUST be asked (with remaininng an option) once the propoed terms of departure are decided. Whichsoever way we then vote settles the matter unambiguously.

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