Brexit Health Alliance

Pandemic ready? How post-Brexit negotiations could affect our ability to manage another coronavirus

26 / 06 / 2020

Following the EU-UK statement on 15 June calling for new momentum in future relationship negotiations, the Brexit Health Alliance has published a briefing highlighting how the outcome of those negotiations could affect the UK’s ability to manage another pandemic. 

Following the decision not to extend the transition period deadline, the NHS now has six months to prepare for the impact of the new deal, or no deal at all, while recovering from the impact of COVID-19 and attempting to ward off a second wave. 

To protect public health and wellbeing across the UK and the EU, the Brexit Health Alliance is campaigning to ensure that the UK can continue to:
  • Participate in key EU data-sharing platforms and alert systems to exchange information and early  warnings about health threats.
  • Import and export the medicines and medical devices that we need, such as ventilators and personal  protective equipment, so that they reach patients as quickly as possible. This relies on the minimum  of delay caused by tariffs and regulatory barriers, and requires the UK and EU to reach agreement on  shared standards, such as manufacturing and inspection, so goods can be licensed for rapid release  into the UK market, or vice-versa.
  • Participate fully in research and testing of new treatments, including clinical trials, so that patients  can benefit as soon as these become available. This requires agreement on meeting the rules  governing these trials, including use of and access to patient data and information sharing portals for researchers and clinicians.
  • Recruit and retain the researchers and clinicians we need to staff our services. People’s decisions to  come to and stay in the UK will be affected by the agreement reached between the UK and EU on  future entitlement of EU citizens and their families to healthcare and social security benefits such as pensions.

Download the briefing.

The BHA has also produced an infographic that charts what a future relationship with the EU could look like to help manage another coronavirus and highlights potential agreements in a number of health-related areas.

Download the infographic.


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