Brexit Health Alliance outlines "collective asks" as the UK negotiates leave terms

9 August, 2017
As Brexit negotiations continue, The Brexit Health Alliance (BHA) has put forward a list of collective asks, spanning five priority areas, in order to get the best results for those working in healthcare and their patients.
Five priority areas and the ‘desired outcomes’
1.  Maximum levels of research and innovation collaboration
  • UK patients, the public and organisations are able to take part in pan-European research, innovation networks and clinical trials that are supported through UK involvement in EU funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 (and its successors) and the EU Health programme. 
  • Public and private expenditure on research and development (R&D) should be raised to 3% of GDP by 2025. 
  • UK Patients benefit from the UK’s participation in European Reference Networks for rare and complex diseases. 
  • A migration system that is straightforward and welcoming to researchers, innovators, and their families, at all career stages and from all over the world.
2.  Regulatory alignment for the benefit of patients and population health
  • Patients do not suffer from disruptions to the supply and trade of medicines, other health technologies and goods, or a reduction of standards or patient safety. 
  • Patients have early access to new medicines and medical devices by securing maximum cooperation and alignment with the EU on the regulation of medicines and medical devices in the UK. 
  • Pragmatic solutions allowing patients and the public to benefit from the UK’s participation in EU systems such as data sharing networks, pharmacovigilance and the clinical trials portal and databases.
3.  Preservation of reciprocal healthcare arrangements
  • UK nationals in the EU (and vice versa) can benefit from access to healthcare abroad through a system of reciprocal arrangements. 
  • If this is not possible, provisions should be made domestically for the planning and funding of healthcare for UK nationals currently in the EU and vice versa. 
  • No increased burden for UK healthcare providers in the event they will be required to handle new, more complex administrative and funding processes when providing care to EU citizens.
4.  Robust coordination mechanisms on public health and wellbeing
  • Ensure future coordination between the UK and the EU in dealing with health promotion and disease prevention. This could happen, for example, through the creation of a new EU-UK joint coordination mechanism on public health issues. This would avoid the UK needing to coordinate with individual countries within the EU on these matters, which will be a huge administrative burden for all parties.
5.  A strong funding commitment to the health and public health sectors
  • Ensure high standards of population health and wellbeing and patient care through a strong focus on prevention of ill health.
  • Ensure any shortfall resulting from the economic impact of leaving the EU is offset. BHA members are willing to supply information to the government to support them in assessing the impact on the NHS of leaving the single market and/or the customs union. 
  • A high funding level for both healthcare and population health that is linked to Gross Domestic Product.
About the Brexit Health Alliance (BHA)
Complementing the work of the Cavendish Coalition, The Brexit Health Alliance was set up to work on behalf of health service users, commissioners, providers, educators, researchers, the healthcare industry and those working to reduce health inequalities.
It counts the Community Health Services Forum – which represents organisations from across the community health sector - amongst its members.
The BHA wants to put forward a ‘strong, collective, evidence-based voice’, to make sure the groups it represents are in the best possible position during and after Brexit negotiations.
Find out more about the Brexit Health Alliance here.
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