Brexit will be a very important issue for patients and doctors and therefore the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking to ensure the best outcome after the UK leaves the EU.
What we are doing
Our priorities are outlined in a series of Brexit briefings:
- What does it mean for doctors? The NHS is already understaffed and overstretched so the RCP seeks reassurance that doctors from the EU can remain in the UK and that the UK is an attractive place to work in future.
- What does it mean for medical research? The RCP wants to see the UK's access to EU funding for medical research continue after Brexit along with access to a fast and robust system for patients to access new treatments.
- What does it mean for air quality? The RCP wants the UK to retain EU regulation on air quality and seek to continue implementation of its pollution reduction targets.
- What does it mean for collaboration? The UK needs to continue to share expertise and information with colleagues in Europe, otherwise patients in the UK will no longer benefit from networks based across the continent.
- What does it mean for reciprocal healthcare arrangements? The RCP seeks sufficient guarantees that patients will continue to have access to necessary treatment and care outside the UK after Brexit.
Brexit white paper
RCP president Professor Dame Jane Dacre's response to the government's white paper, published in July 2018, explains what The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union tells us and what we still need more information on.
Call for views before the referendum
Before the EU referendum was held in June 2016, we published responses from our fellows and members – along with health organisations closely connected to the RCP – answering our call for views on how the result might specifically affect healthcare and public health in the UK.