Brexit and the NHS

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The NHS Confederation is playing a key role in analysing the implications of the UK’s vote to leave the EU on the NHS, enabling NHS organisations and senior decision-makers to make informed decisions about next steps.  

Our expertise – spanning EU issues, employment practice and domestic politics – leaves us ideally placed to advocate for the NHS’s interests, advise on ways to mitigate risks and keep you informed of the latest developments.

Here you’ll find the latest health-relevant information on Brexit, an overview of how Brexit may affect health and care, including the key risks of a no-deal, and guidance on what NHS organisations should be doing in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement in place.

You can also find out more about our activity to influence Brexit negotiations as part of the Brexit Health Alliance and the Cavendish Coalition.

NHS England: preparing for EU exit

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, information relating to NHS England's EU exit preparations will be published on the NHS England website. Areas to be specifically covered include: continuity of supply; workforce; reciprocal healthcare and overseas cost recovery; clinical trials studies and European Reference Networks (ERNs); data.

Our office will link to this information as and when it becomes available.

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Brexit: latest updates

Quick and easy access to the latest information on Brexit for health and care organisations.

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Brexit implications for health and care

Find out why the UK's vote to leave the EU will have far-reaching implications for the NHS.

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The key risks of no-deal Brexit

Read the key risks of a no-deal scenario, which would mean the UK would leave the EU with no withdrawal agreement or framework for a future relationship in place.

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Planning for a no-deal

Find out how to prepare you NHS organisation for a Brexit no-deal outcome.

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Brexit Health Alliance

The Brexit Health Alliance has been established to support the healthcare sector as the UK leaves EU.

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The Brexit negotiations: updates for health

Keep up to date with the latest around the negotiations to agree a withdrawal agreement and outline the UK's future relationship with the EU.

NHS Confederation publications

Brexit resources

This section includes Brexit commentary and analysis from the NHS Confederation and external organisations.

Brexit bulletin

Brexit bulletin

Sign up to the Brexit bulletin for all the health and care Brexit updates straight to your inbox.

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Responding to the government statement on medicine supply after Brexit, Niall Dickson, co-chair of the Brexit Health Alliance and chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said a negotiated Brexit deal is needed to protect patients .

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