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Brexit and the medical profession

We are working hard to safeguard the future of the medical profession and the patients you serve following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

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  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
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    Keeping Europe healthy

    The message from experts at the BMA event – Keeping Europe Health: Brexit and the European Medical Profession - in the EP (European Parliament) couldn’t have been starker: Brexit is a threat to Europe’s health.

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    Brexit briefing: Health improvement

    The UK and EU interacts in a number of ways to tackle preventable conditions and address health inequalities in the UK. To avoid widening health inequalities, the UK should maintain a strong focus on preventing ill-health after Brexit.

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    Brexit: one year to go

    With a year to go until the UK leaves the EU, it's vital we get a Brexit deal that provides certainty for doctors and health services in the UK and across Europe.

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    Brexit briefing: Northern Ireland

    The challenges facing doctors and health services ahead of Brexit are considerable but have the potential to be felt even more profoundly in Northern Ireland, which shares a land border with another EU country.

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16
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    Impact on patient care

    Patient care across the UK is supported by important collaborations, safeguards and agreements with the EU. Brexit has the potential to significantly affect the care patients receive. Read more.

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    Working time regulations - the Prime Minister responds

    Read the Prime Minister's response to the letter on WTRs from the BMA and 12 other leading health organisations.


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    Working time regulations - our letter to the Prime Minister

    Together with 12 leading health organisations, we wrote to the Prime Minister asking her to protect the Working Time Regulations after Brexit.

  • Diverse doctors

    Brexit briefing: Workforce and future immigration policy

    For the UK to continue to provide safe and reliable healthcare services and to remain globally competitive in the life sciences, it must be able to recruit and retain doctors from the EEA and elsewhere in the world.

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    Healthcare first - a Brexit blueprint for Europe

    Our manifesto sets out what the BMA believe needs to be achieved for doctors and patients during the Brexit negotiations and beyond. Read more.

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    EU survey

    A survey of EU doctors working in the UK has found that nearly half are considering leaving following the EU referendum result, with almost one in five already having solid plans to relocate elsewhere.


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    BMA Brexit briefings

    We've published a series of briefings that outline our policy positions on a range of key issues relating to the impact of Brexit on the UK healthcare system.

Brexit : our key asks

  1. Permanent residence for EU doctors and medical researchers currently in the UK

  2. A flexible immigration system which supports UK health and medical research

  3. Mutual recognition of professional qualifications and measures which protect patient safety

  4. Ongoing access to EU research programmes and research funding

  5. Consideration of the unique impact Brexit may have on Northern Ireland’s health service

Number of NHS staff from overseas

  • NHS staff in England who are nationals of a country outside the UK


  • NHS staff in England who are nationals of other EU countries


  • Health and social work staff in Scotland who are EU nationals


BMA Brexit news

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Keep up to date with the latest Brexit news and read our coverage on this topic.

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