Responding to the decision to extend Brexit to 31 October, Niall Dickson, Brexit Health Alliance co-chair and NHS Confederation chief executive, said:
“No deal tomorrow would have been bad for patients so it is a relief that threat has gone away, for now. But of course the extension leaves that as one potential outcome which means everyone involved in healthcare must continue to prepare for this possibility and keep contingency plans in place.
“We are now in a “phoney war” and the risk is complacency – the system needs to assume we could crash out and do everything we can to make sure patients are protected if that happens.
“Like everyone else in the UK and Europe we want an end to this circus of uncertainty and we need to see the political will to bring that about.”