Brexit: what might it mean for patients?

Thu, 27 July 2017

Has your organisation thought about the potential impact of Brexit on patient care? Have you done any initial work on how patients might be affected? If so, we would like to hear from you…

As a founding member of the Brexit Health Alliance, National Voices urgently needs your case studies or written examples, of how your beneficiaries might be affected by EU withdrawal.

The question of citizens’ future access to healthcare while abroad is particularly urgent as it will be addressed in the August 2017 round of bilateral negotiations.

Here is where we need your help:

  • Can you provide case studies, or written examples, of how your patients might be affected by EU withdrawal? What kind of access to healthcare abroad do they need, and how does it need to be arranged?
  • Even if you haven’t prepared anything on this yet, your view, comments and concerns would be useful.
  • Your case studies and comments will be fed to the Alliance to strengthen their communications and lobbying.
  • Can you provide materials by Thursday 10 August in the first instance? That would be in time for the August negotiations.

Please send anything you can manage to Andrew.

An example of something that has already helped to shape the Alliance’s lobbying position is Kidney Care UK’s briefing on the future of the European Health Insurance Card.

Read National Voices’ member briefing on the implications of Brexit and the role of the Brexit Health Alliance.

Brexit Health Alliance

National Voices is a founding member of the Brexit Health Alliance, a group of organisations convened by the NHS Confederation and including industry, professional bodies and patient organisations.

The Alliance has identified five key issues on which the Alliance will be pressing negotiators on both sides:

  1. Research & Innovation
  2. Aligned Regulation
  3. Reciprocal Healthcare
  4. Public Health
  5. Funding

The potential loss of doctors, nurses and other key staff if EU workers is also a major concern of National Voices. Work on this is being led by a separate group, the Cavendish Coalition, which involves employers, trade unions and professional bodies from health and social care.

Read National Voices’ member briefing on the implications of Brexit and the role of the Brexit Health Alliance.