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 detailed summary of the main elements of the agreement and how they will affect the NHS and the wider health and care sector.
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.
Outcomes of UK negotiations with the EU and the health sector impact
A summary of what was agreed in the Brexit deal, and what changes for the health and care sector.
31 December 2020
Brexit: latest updates
With the Brexit landscape constantly changing, this article pulls together the latest updates on Brexit and its potential impact on health and care.
22 July 2021
What the new Brexit trade deal means for the NHS
Briefing for members on the implications of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement for the NHS and wider health sector.
1 February 2021
Northern Irish patients cannot be collateral damage in Brexit haggling
When the protocol grace period ends, residents may not be able to access the essential medicines they need.
2 August 2021
EU-UK data deal protects the NHS
The newly agreed EU-UK data deal has avoided disruption to the NHS by allowing continued flow of personal data from the EU to the UK.
2 July 2021
Unacceptable and very concerning that patients in Northern Ireland could lack essential medication next year
EU rejection of UK's proposal to reopening talks on Northern Ireland Protocol is unacceptable and concerning, warns Layla McCay.
22 July 2021
Health leaders relieved by result of EU vote to approve UK data adequacy
Health leaders relieved by EU approval on UK data adequacy decision.
18 June 2021
Co-producing with and engaging communities: What does good look like?
Join our third webinar in the series on implementing the ICS agenda on from 12.45pm to 2pm on Tuesday 28 September.
28 September 2021 12:45 - 14:00 GMT
Integration in Action series: Tackling elective recovery as a system
Gain insight into how frontline leaders are dealing with the backlog of care and treatment.
30 September 2021 08:00 - 08:55 GMT
Health on the Line
New podcast series, hosted by Matthew Taylor, offers fresh perspectives on the healthcare challenges of our time and ways to confront them.
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