Welcome to the BMA open policy forum
This forum is designed to seek your input on national policy issues that affect doctors across the profession.
Shortly before 12:30pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May informed Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, that Britain would be triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This signalled the start of a two year procedure for the UK to negotiate an exit deal with the European Union.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU will have major implications for the UK’s science and medical research base. EU research programmes have made significant contributions to medical research in the UK and the BMA is deeply concerned about the continuation of those contributions. For example, the UK received €8.8billion in 2007-2013, having contributed €5.4 billion during the same timeframe.
Additionally, the UK currently receives 15% of all awarded grants in Horizon 2020, the greatest share amongst participating countries.
The BMA are working to preserve current funding arrangements for medical research by lobbying government and engaging with key stakeholders in Europe, and your input into this work is vital.
We’re looking to hear from medical academics about the effect that the UK’s decision to leave the EU is having on medical research, and what impact it may have in the future. Please take a moment to tell us about your experiences, concerns and hopes for the future of medical research after Brexit by commenting below and answering the following questions.
Read more about the BMA’s work on Brexit
Follow the links below to have your say in our discussion forums:
- How could Brexit affect your ability to attract and retain research funding?
- What impact could Brexit have on your ability to collaborate internationally?
- Will Brexit make the UK a more or a less desirable place to conduct clinical research?
- How could changes to the research environment affect patient care?