Actualités 30.06.2016 Five big issues for health and social care after the Brexit vote

20131243153252734_20As in many European contries, the UK health and care system is facing huge operational and financial pressures. The UK’s vote to leave the EU has not only added additional significant economic and political uncertainty, it face also some important issues in the field of health care.

The EU competence in the area of health is mainly limited to supporting member states in their health endeavours.

As in many European contries, the UK health and care system is facing huge operational and financial pressures. The UK’s vote to leave the EU has added additional significant economic and political uncertainty. While the impact on health and social care services of leaving the EU is impossible to forecast, it is clear that a number of important issues will need to be resolved, five of which have been set out by Helen McKenna, Senior Policy Adviser at The King’s Fund.

The identifies issues are in the area of

  • Human Resources: e.g. staffing shortage
  • Accessibility (accessing treatment here and abroad) for immigrants, visitors, pensioner…
  • Regulation to be repeat EU regulation or replace with UK alternatives like working time directive, recognition of professional qualification…
  • Cross-border cooperation on communicable diseases, research, reference networks…
  • Funding and finance.

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