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Consultation responses and parliamentary briefings

The BMA regularly responds to governmental consultations on the impact of Brexit on the UK healthcare system.

We brief politicians ahead of relevant debates on Brexit and seek to influence legislation which will have implications for the medical workforce and the wider health and social care system.

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Consultation responses

The BMA responded to a number of consultations on the following topics:

 

Parliamentary briefings

May 2019

Liaison Committee: Evidence from the Prime Minister (Brexit)

The BMA briefed the liaison committee ahead of its evidence session on Brexit with the Prime Minister. During these sessions, the PM is quizzed by chairs of the Commons’ 33 select committees.

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March 2019

Effect of leaving the European Union on the UK's health and social care sector

Health services face a number of challenges due to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. This briefing explores a range of issues, including the impact on the NHS workforce, access to medicines and radioisotopes and reciprocal healthcare for patients.

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March 2019

Trade Bill

This briefing on the Trade Bill explores the BMA’s concerns that the UK will come under significant pressure from its non-EU trading partners to liberalise aspects of its trade policy in ways that could negatively impact health and the healthcare sector.

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February 2019

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

Freedom of movement has allowed hundreds of thousands of health and social care staff from Europe to come to the UK to provide key public services, carry out vital medical research and contribute to the overall economy. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill proposes to end freedom of movement.

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February 2019

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill

Ahead of the UK's departure from the EU in March 2019, the Government has published its legislative framework to fund and implement reciprocal healthcare arrangements and share necessary data after Brexit. The BMA is calling on the Government to try and retain the current model of reciprocal healthcare with the EU rather than seeking alternative mechanisms. This will avoid any unnecessary disruption in the delivery of vital health services for UK nationals in the EU. 

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January 2019

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - second reading

Freedom of movement has allowed hundreds of thousands of health and social care staff from Europe to come to the UK to provide key public services, carry out vital medical research and contribute to the overall economy. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill and Immigration White Paper propose to end freedom of movement and impose tougher controls on immigration.

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November 2018

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill

Ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU in March 2019, the Government has published its legislative framework to fund and implement reciprocal healthcare arrangements and share necessary data after Brexit. The BMA is calling on the Government to try and retain the current model of reciprocal healthcare with the EU rather than seeking alternative mechanisms. This will avoid any unnecessary disruption in the delivery of vital health services for UK nationals in the EU.  

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June 2018

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The Repeal Bill returned to the House of Commons in June 2018 following a number of amendments by the House of Lords. The BMA is urging MPs to accept a Lords amendment, which would create enhanced protection for certain areas of EU law, including employment entitlements and equalities protections. We believe this amendment is a crucial safeguard for maintaining vital employment and equality protections, such as the Working Time Regulations (WTRs) after the UK leaves the EU

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May 2018

Opposition Day debate on Brexit

The BMA has briefed MPs ahead of an Opposition Day debate on Brexit. In our briefing, we highlighted a number of key issues facing health services because of Brexit, including workforce challenges, the need for a flexible immigration system and an ongoing access to a system of reciprocal healthcare for patients.

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March 2018

Debate on the Effect of EU withdrawal on health and welfare of UK citizens and residents

With one year to go until the UK leaves the EU, the BMA has briefed members of the House of Lords on the challenges Brexit presents for the health and welfare of UK citizens and residents. This briefing focuses on a range of issues, including Northern Ireland, the staffing of health services, Euratom, access to medicines and devices and health protection.

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Debate on the effect of the NHS of the UK leaving the EU

The BMA has briefed MPs ahead of debate on the Effect on the NHS of the UK leaving the EU. In our briefing, we highlight a number of key issues facing health services, including workforce challenges, the need to maintain reciprocal healthcare for patients and access to medical radioisotopes.

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Debate on European Affairs: Brexit and the NHS workforce

The BMA briefed MPs ahead of a two day general debate on ‘European Affairs’. Health services across the UK face a range of challenges as a result of Brexit and the risks to the NHS workforce are particularly acute. This briefing focuses on workforce and immigration, the Government’s plans for settled status and the mutual recognition of professional qualifications and the measures the Government needs to take to provide stability to the NHS workforce.

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January 2018

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The BMA briefed Peers ahead of the ‘Repeal Bill’s’ Second Reading in the House of Lords. Health services across the UK face a range of challenges as a result of Brexit and so it is vital that the government puts measures in place that provide stability to essential health services, patients, and the NHS workforce when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

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November 2017

Future of medicines regulation

We are urging the UK Government to continue to work closely with the European Medicines Agency after the UK leaves the EU on the future regulation of medicines and medical devices. This will be vital in ensuring patients and health services in the UK continue to have timely access to new medicines, medical devices and robust pharmacovigilance systems, which monitor adverse drug reactions.

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August 2017

Euratom

The BMA has produced a briefing on Euratom and the need to ensure a continued and uninterrupted cross-border supply of nuclear materials, including for medical use, post-Brexit.

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July 2017

Risks to NHS sustainability arising from the UK’s departure from the EU

The BMA briefed Peers ahead of a debate on the risks to the NHS arising from Brexit. Key issues include workforce, immigration, NHS funding and Northern Ireland.

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June 2017

Debate on the Queen’s Speech: ‘Exiting the European Union’

The BMA briefed MPs and Peers ahead of debates on the Queen’s Speech on Brexit, including the forthcoming Immigration Bill.

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December 2016

Exiting the EU - the impact on science and research

The BMA briefed MPs ahead of a debate in the House of Commons on the impact of exiting the EU on science and research. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will have major implications for our science and research base.

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November 2016

Scottish Government debate

BMA Scotland calls on both the UK and Scottish Government to offer EU nationals the clarity and reassurance they deserve regarding their future status in the UK.

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Funding of the NHS after the UK leaves the EU

We are calling on the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond to uphold the 'single most visible promise of the Leave campaign' to give the NHS an extra £350 million a week in the forthcoming autumn statement.

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The potential impact of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on funding for universities and scientific research

The BMA briefed members of the House of Lords ahead of a debate on the impact of Brexit on funding for universities and scientific research.

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Implications for the health and social care workforce of the result of the referendum for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU

The BMA have identified a number of issues which will need to be urgently addressed by the Department of Health, government and national agencies, and others, in the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU because of their implications for the health and social care workforce. 

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Immigration policy for international students

The BMA briefed MPs and Peers ahead of debates on the application of immigration policy to international students. The briefing considers  a number of issues including the financial contribution made by international students to the UK economy, the recent fall in application numbers to UK medical schools from EU and international students, and future immigration systems.

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October 2016

The European Medicines Agency

This briefing paper discusses the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU on the regulatory framework for medicines, the research workforce, research funding and the identification and treatment of rare medical conditions

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July 2016

Implications of the EU referendum result for government policies on ensuring safe staffing levels in the NHS

The BMA has briefed members of the House of Lords ahead of a debate on safe staffing levels in the NHS following the EU referendum result.

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