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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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  • EU referendum
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    European Parliament Election Manifesto 2019

    With the support of our European partners in European medical organisations we will be using this manifesto to engage with MEPs from across Europe and the political spectrum.

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    Letter to Conservative Party leadership candidates on impact of Brexit on health service

    BMA writes to Conservative Party leadership candidates asking them to commit to explicit safeguards for the health service against dangers posed by Brexit.

  • EU survey 2018

    A BMA survey of over 1,500 EU doctors working in the UK has found that less than a quarter have faith in the Prime Minister's commitment to protect their rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • Health services under threat

    Brexit could have catastrophic consequences for health services across the UK and Europe.

  • Diverse doctors

    Brexit briefing: International trade and health

    The UK will be able to negotiate new international trade agreements after Brexit. Trade agreements can change policy in ways that affect health, both within the UK and globally.

  • St Marys/Hammersmith Hospitals 21-12-16

    BMA backs calls for public to have the final say on a Brexit deal

    Doctors have made clear their worries that Brexit poses a major threat to the NHS and the nation’s health. Given what is now known about the potential impact of Brexit on health services, the BMA backs the idea of the public having a final say on the Brexit deal.

  • 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.

  • Sheffield children’s hospital 20 Oct 2016

    Brexit briefing: Employment rights

    The UK’s membership of the EU has had a significant impact on the development of employment rights for doctors. The European Working Time Directive and EU equality laws, for example, have strengthened safety and equality provisions for doctors in the UK. Brexit could lead to changes in key employment and equality protections.

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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.

  • Letter from Council Chair to PM about impact of Brexit on EU doctors

    Read the letter from Council Chair, Chaand Nagpaul to the Prime Minister highlighting the findings of a new survey on the impact of Brexit on EU doctors and calling for further reassurances on EU citizens' rights. 


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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. Free movement for healthcare and medical research staff

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

  4. Ongoing access to EU research programmes, research funding and membership of Euratom

  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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