Collective “asks” as the UK negotiates to exit the European Union
The Brexit Health Alliance has been established so that those who use health services, healthcare commissioners and providers, educators, researchers, the healthcare industry and those working to improve population health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities in health can have a strong, collective, evidence-based voice as the formal process of leaving the EU gets underway.
The Alliance complements, but does not duplicate, the work of the Cavendish Coalition which focuses on the implications of Brexit for the health and social care workforce.
The Alliance does not take any stance on the merits or otherwise of Brexit. Our aim is to make sure that we are in thestrongest possible position once the UK leaves the EU, and to this effect we advocate a negotiated implementation period that adequately reflects the time needed to achieve the following desired outcomes:
Maximum levels of research and innovation collaboration
• UK patients, the public, researchers and organisations can take part in pan-European research and innovation networks and clinical trials and that these can be supported by UK involvement in EU funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 (and its successors) and the EU Health Programme.
Reference Networks for rare and complex diseases post Brexit.
innovators, and their families, at all career stages and from all over the world.
Regulatory alignment for the benefit of patients and population health
• Patients and the public do not suffer from possible disruptions in the supply and trade of medicines, other health technologies and goods,or a reduction of standards or patient safety.
participation in EU systems such as data sharing networks, pharmacovigilance
and the clinical trials portal and databases post Brexit.
Preservation of reciprocal healthcare arrangements
abroad through a system of reciprocal arrangements.
funding of healthcare for UK nationals currently in the EU and vice versa.
to handle new, more complex administrative and funding processes when
providing care to EU citizens.
Robust coordination mechanisms on public health and wellbeing.
well as other health threats, and more broadly on health promotion and
disease prevention programmes. This could happen, for example, through the
creation of a new EU-UK joint coordination mechanism on public health issues.
A strong funding commitment to the health and public health sectors
strong focus on prevention of ill health and secure that any possible shortfall
resulting from the economic impact of leaving the EU is offset.
© NHS Confederation 2017