Negotiated Brexit deal best for patients says NHS Confederation in response to PM speech

Niall Dickson

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech today, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the health and care sector, said:

“The Prime Minister’s efforts to seek a negotiated deal are welcome. We will need agreements on the fundamental things that save the lives of both UK and EU patients and maintain them in good health.

“This includes from Day 1 after Brexit, ensuring that patients continue to get the medicines and medical equipment they need.  And longer term, ensuring they are protected from cross-border dangers such as epidemics and unsafe medicines, and continue to reap the benefits of cutting edge pan-European medical research. We know that technical adjustments can be negotiated that will keep patients across the whole of Europe safe.

“Reassurance is needed in areas such as the UK’s continued participation in key data sharing platforms that protect the public from health threats, and recognising the authorisations of medicines and medical goods to keep medical supplies flowing.

“Extensive no-deal preparations have been made but the best way of guaranteeing that patients are protected in future will be through a negotiated deal. We look forward to more detail on the Government’s proposals and how these will address our concerns.

"The Prime Minister’s commitment to the NHS is welcome and the extra investment recently announced in hospitals must represent the start, not the end of what is required. We need to see more detail shortly to make sure any new money reaches the areas where it will make the most difference.”

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