Health needs to be at heart of Brexit negotiations

In the lead up to Brexit, 17 signatories have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for health to be at heart of Brexit negotiations.

Coordinated by the Royal College of Physicians, the letter warns that clinicians are ‘unable to reassure patients’ their health and care will not be affected by a no-deal Brexit, with a ‘shortage of medical supplies’ a growing concern.

The royal colleges and charities call for the Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock to be put on the EU Exit Strategy Committee, chaired by Michael Gove who is in charge of no-deal planning, arguing that, without sufficient planning, even the smallest of problems could have ‘huge consequences on the lives of millions of people’.

The document warns that delays at our borders could exacerbate current supply issues and create the very real possibility that life-saving medication and devices are delayed from making it into the UK. The NHS currently dispenses more than one billion prescriptions every year.

The letter has been signed by:
Professor Andrew Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians
Dr Taj Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs
Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists
Dr Nicola H Strickland, President of the Royal College of Radiologists
Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Professor Mike Griffin, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Professor Jackie Taylor, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives
Professor Ravi Mahajan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
Sandra Gidley, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Professor Carrie MacEwen, President of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Bronagh Scott, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice at the Royal College of Nursing
Mick Armstrong, chair of the British Dental Association
Paul Bristow, Acting CEO of Kidney Care UK
Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England

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