The Brexit Healthcare Alliance has published briefing on Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for
patients after Brexit. This paper explains what’s happening in the Brexit negotiations, and what
the implications would be if the existing reciprocal arrangements were to be discontinued post
• Under EU law, EU citizens currently benefit from reciprocal rights to healthcare when they are in any of the 28 EU Member States.
• The UK and EU are currently negotiating on what will happen to these rights after Brexit.
• Both sides say they want to preserve these rights for citizens already living in another EU country, but nothing has yet been agreed.
• If a deal isn’t reached, the repercussions for patients could be severe.
• A ‘no deal’ would also have significant implications for providers of health services.
• The Brexit Health Alliance is campaigning for continued access to reciprocal
healthcare after Brexit.
National Voices, the coalition of charities focusing on person-centred health and care, is a founding member of the new Brexit Health Alliance, a group of organisations convened by the NHS Confederation to consider the implications of Brexit for healthcare. The Brexit Health Alliance has identified five key issues on which they will be pressing Brexit negotiators on both sides:
- Research & Innovation
- Aligned Regulation
- Reciprocal Healthcare
- Public Health
The potential loss of doctors, nurses and other key staff if EU workers is also a major concern of National Voices, as well as many Alliance members. Work on this is being led by a separate group, the Cavendish Coalition, which involves employers, trade unions and professional bodies from health and social care.
The latest blog from National Voices on the potential implications of Brexit can be found here:https://www.nationalvoices.org.uk/node/1987 This page also has a link to a more detailed briefing on the five key issues mentioned above. More information on the Brexit Health Alliance, including a list of members, can be found here:http://www.nhsconfed.org/regions-and-eu/nhs-european-office/brexit/brexit-health-alliance
The three main parties have also published their manifestos. As you would expect, each of them feature plans for the NHS quite heavily, although the consensus seems to be that none of the published policies properly address the funding gap. National Voices has examined the health and care commitments in each manifesto and their analysis can be found here:
This Guardian article also gives a good overview of what’s been published re. plans for the NHS:
What do the party manifestos mean for the NHS?
Disability Rights UK has been researching the possible impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights. This has included looking at UK laws that have a basis in EU law and what might be required to avoid aspects being lost or changed to the disadvantage of disabled people. Read more