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BMA briefing: 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 expect to receive in a variety of ways.

 

Key points

  • 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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For further information on this briefing, please contact Susan Bahl, Brexit lead:

 

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