Brexit and the NHS

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The NHS Confederation played a key role in analysing the implications of the UK’s vote to leave the EU on the NHS, advocating for NHS interests during the negotiations and advising NHS organisations how to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.

On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU announced they had agreed a trade deal setting out the terms of their future relationship from the 1 January 2021. The deal addresses many of the concerns we and the Brexit Health Alliance have expressed repeatedly over the last four years, however, there are some significant gaps compared with the arrangements that applied until the end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31 December.

You can access our quick overview of the main elements of the agreement and how they will affect the NHS and the wider health and care sector, as well as our more detailed summary.

There is also this blog from our Director of International affairs, Dr. Layla McCay, where she explains what it all means for the UK's health and care system.

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

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