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 expect to receive in a variety of ways.
- Patients in the UK are currently treated and cared for by a health and social care workforce that has many overseas doctors, carers and nurses, including from other countries in the EU.
- The UK health system also has important collaborations, safeguards and agreements with the EU that support patient care, such as the cross-border recognition of medical qualifications, the diagnosis and treatment of patients with rare diseases and cancer, and patients’ ability to access healthcare elsewhere in Europe at no or reduced cost.
- The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have the potential to significantly affect the care that patients can expect to receive in a variety of ways.
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