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Some of the many negative consequences of Brexit for the NHS

I've started to list some of the many negative consequences of Brexit for the NHS

  1. The future employment of the 50,000 EU and EEA nationals who work in the NHS (including around 9,000 doctors).
  2. The development and implementation of reciprocal agreements to recognise the qualifications of doctors and other health professionals from the EU.
  3. More limited rights for UK health professionals to live and work in other EU countries.
  4. The access to NHS care of the three million EU nationals in the UK and the access to European healthcare of the two million UK nationals living in other EU countries.
  5. Disruption to Pan-European initiatives to protect public health.
  6. Loss of funding from the EU for medical research.
  7. Relocation out of London of the European Medicines Agency.
  8. Reduced funding for the NHS if predictions of lower economic growth for the UK are correct.
  9. Threats to the development of health IT standards.
  10. Imported NHS drugs and supplies may be more expensive.
  11. The UK may be a less favoured site for clinical trials and other industry supported research.


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