RCoA response to Health Select Committee inquiry on Brexit

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has contributed to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry on Brexit and health and social care. The Committee was seeking “views on what the most important issues are to which attention will need to be paid in the withdrawal negotiations and what outcomes should be sought from them”.

In our submission we have recommended that the following Issues and priorities are addressed by Government in the negotiations for Brexit

  • Free movement of and access to EU healthcare workers (from nurses to doctors) to fill gaps in NHS workforce
  • Implications on the Working Time Regulations, which implement the European Working Time Directive
  • Risk of economic recession when the UK formally leaves the EU and consequent reduction in public spending and healthcare
  • Cross border access to healthcare
  • Limits on sharing and collaborating within the medical community brought by constraints on freedom of movement
  • Loss of EU funding for UK medical research
  • Possible relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (currently based in London) and consequent decline in the UK’s influence on medical research and innovation
  • Ability to sign up to the new EU Clinical Trials regulations (managed by the EMA) to come into operation in 2018
  • Potential weakening of current regulations around public health, health and safety and workers’ rights.

You can read the full RCoA submission here

23 October 2016

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