Responding to the news that agreement has been reached between the UK and the EU that there will be no "hard border" in Ireland and EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will have their rights protected, Dr Andrew Dearden, said:
“We welcome the progress made in talks, in particular guarantees on citizens’ rights and confirmation there not be a hard border in Northern Ireland. These assurances are vital to provide EU citizens with confidence about their future in the UK and protect the delivery of cross-border health care.
“Progress now needs to be made on a flexible immigration system that ensures the NHS and medical research in the UK can attract and retain the workforce needed to deliver safe care and maintain world class innovation and research.”
Notes to Editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical, professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.
- The BMA Brexit manifesto – ‘Healthcare first – a Brexit blueprint for Europe’ can be found here.
- The BMA survey of EU doctors working in UK can be found here.