Patients 'at risk' in Brexit negotiations, healthcare organisations warn

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An alliance of leading healthcare organisations has called on the government to protect the interests of patients in Brexit negotiations with the EU.

The Brexit Health Alliance – which brings together the NHS, medical research, industry, patients and public health organisations – has warned that patients will suffer unless negotiators make sure issues such as healthcare research and access to new medicines are given the attention they deserve.

“Patients stand to lose out if we cannot go on collaborating in major medical research studies; if we cannot access new treatments and medical devices as we do now; and if UK nationals in the EU are no longer able to benefit from access to healthcare abroad, and vice versa" Niall Dickson, co-chair of the alliance, said.

Negotiation priorities

The warning comes as the alliance publishes a set of priority areas negotiators must reach agreement on to achieve the best result for patients and healthcare across the UK:

1. Maximum levels of research and innovation collaboration

2. Regulatory alignment for the benefit of patients and population health

3. Preservation of reciprocal healthcare arrangements

4. Robust coordination mechanisms on public health and wellbeing

5. A strong funding commitment to the health and public health sectors

The alliance argues it is in both Europe's and the UK’s interests to maintain cooperation on all these areas. The group is also calling for EU citizens’ right to receive healthcare in the UK to be preserved.

Find out more

Download Collective 'asks' as the UK negotiates to exit the EU for full details of the alliance's negotiation priorities, or view the one-page summary.

Discover more about the Brexit Health Alliance.

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