The Brexit Health Alliance

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In case any of you missed the news about the Brexit Health Alliance this week, a new group has been set up to address the issues of healthcare for Europeans living outside their own country.

A new alliance aims to protect the interests of UK patients, healthcare and health research during upcoming Brexit negotiations with the EU.

The ‘Brexit Health Alliance’ is formed of NHS, medical research, industry, patients and public health organizations, and was launched this week at the NHS Confederation Conference in Liverpool.

The Alliance will be the ‘voice of the health sector’, seeking to ensure that healthcare research, access to technologies and treatment of patients are prioritized in the upcoming Brexit talks.

It will champion collaboration between the UK and Europe on issues related to health, which it says is in the interest of both sides.

The Alliance will also push for a commitment to medical research from the UK government, and for continued access to healthcare in EU countries for UK citizens.

Sir Hugh Taylor, former permanent secretary of the Department of Health, and Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, will be co-chairs.

Sir Hugh Taylor said: ‘We wish to support the government to achieve the best result for patients and for healthcare across the UK.

‘Our aim will be to ensure a strong focus on health as Brexit approaches, and that we offer views from across the health sector to negotiators to ensure that patient care and the population’s health and wellbeing will be protected as we leave the EU.’

Niall Dickson voiced concern that healthcare could be forgotten amid the many issues that will be addressed in negotiations.

‘It is vital we protect world leading research, that patients have access to medicines when they need them and that co-operation between the UK and Europe continues to protect all our citizens,’ he said.

The formation of the alliance follows the publication of a report last month by leading UK medical organizations, urging the government to put collaborative medical research with the EU at the top of the Brexit agenda.