Following today's release of the first batch of government planning papers for a no deal Brexit, RCP president-elect Dr Andrew Goddard has issued the RCP's response.
We’ve said from the start that patient safety must be at the centre of Brexit planning. We are pleased that the government has heard the calls from the sector and is taking a transparent approach by making public the Brexit no deal scenario guidance which relates to health care.
We’ll continue to encourage the government to work with the EU, the NHS and health organisations to ensure that whatever the outcome of the negotiations, patients’ access to healthcare is protected. We will look at the published guidance in detail in order to advise our members, who will be on the frontline come March next year and patients will be expecting them to provide reassurance.
We’ll continue to encourage the government to work with the EU, the NHS and health organisations to ensure that whatever the outcome of the negotiations, patients’ access to healthcare is protected.
They will need to in turn have confidence in the Government’s ability to ensure continued supply of medicines and medication devices. Doctors would welcome any further information that can be given about supply chain plans and stockpiling. This will ensure trust and support in the NHS, should a no-deal occur.
We continue to be concerned about the lack of clarity on the proposed immigration policy in the event of a no deal. We urge the Government to clarify its proposed approach as soon as possible and ensure that the NHS can guarantee safe staffing levels and recruit from the EU and internationally.’
The government's 'no deal' Brexit papers are now available online.