Brexit ‘potentially catastrophic’ for the National Health Service



In a report in the Lancet medical journal, experts have warned of the economic consequences Brexit could have on the NHS.

“The workforce of the NHS is heavily reliant on EU staff,” the authors write. “Financing of health care for UK citizens in the EU and visa versa is threatened, as is access to some capital funds, while Brexit threatens overall economic performance. Access to pharmaceuticals, technology, blood and organs is jeopardised.”

Professor Martin McKee, a member of the team from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “Our analysis of how Brexit will affect the NHS, although the UK’s desired outcome remains unclear, is that Brexit in any form poses major risks to almost every part of the NHS, with a ‘no deal’ scenario potentially catastrophic…

The Independent, September 2017


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