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Brexit – what it means for the medical profession

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Following the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, the British Medical Association continues to call on the government to grant permanent residence to European doctors working in the UK as soon as possible, to control the impact of Brexit on the NHS and protect patient care across the country.

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The BMA has been working hard to safeguard the future of the medical profession and the patients we serve following the UK's vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016.

As the representative of the UK's doctors, the BMA must be consulted and involved in consultations ahead of, and during the negotiations to leave the EU, which would affect the profession and our patients. We have identified a number of priorities for health which need to be considered in the negotiations, including:

  • the retention and recruitment of EU staff
  • mutual recognition of professional qualifications
  • science and research
  • health and safety legislation
  • public health protection and procurement.

Read on to find out more detail about our work in this area.