Brexit effects on the UKs four Health Services – disastrous.

Even Mr Hunt agrees that the “Future of NHS funding depends on a good Brexit”. Frances Elliott reports in the Times 21st May 2017.

Justin Parkinson for the BBC 31st May 2017 opines: News Daily: How much will Brexit cost the NHS?

A report by the Nuffield Trust suggests that tens of thousands will come home to use the NHS, raising the cost of healthcare paid for by the UK government to £1bn a year. It says a new deal needs to be reached with other European countries to keep pressure off the health service.

Chris Smyth in the Times reports 31st May 2017: NHS faces £500m bill for British pensioners in the EU

The NHS faces a £500 million bill for treating British pensioners living in Europe after Brexit.

Tens of thousands of pensioners could return home for healthcare if arrangements which save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds collapse as Britain leaves the EU, a report warns.

There could be a shortfall of 70,000 social care workers from the EU if unskilled immigration is curbed, according to the Nuffield Trust think tank.

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Brexit’s impact on the NHS has been contentious since the claim by Vote Leave that ending EU contributions could mean another £350 million a week for the health service. Last year, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility projected a £15.2 billion hit to the public purse from Brexit, implying a £2.4 billion cut in NHS spending if health was not protected.

However, Nuffield’s report focuses on specific areas where Brexit means the NHS will need more money than it otherwise would.

One key concern is the cost of treating 190,000 UK pensioners who live elsewhere in Europe and are entitled to care locally under the EU’s S1 scheme. Britain pays in £500 million a year to help to fund the scheme.

Mark Dayan of the Nuffield Trust calculates it would cost £978 million a year if these people had to be treated in Britain, requiring 900 more beds, equivalent to two large hospitals, and 1,600 extra nurses.

Only a few thousand EU pensioners live in Britain, with their governments paying only £14 million a year under the S1 scheme.

Mr Dayan said: “It is possible that extra funds could be found for the NHS from any cancellation of Britain’s EU fees, but whether or not [they] will outweigh the significant staffing and financial costs Brexit may impose on services remains to be seen.”

At the same time, the NHS, home care and care homes could be left short of tens of thousands of staff if EU migration is restricted. Mr Dayan said that social care would be particularly badly hit as low-paid workers with few qualifications were likely to suffer under an immigration system favouring the highly skilled.

“The NHS and social care were already under pressure from before the EU referendum. If we handle it badly, leaving the EU could make these problems even worse.”

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “These stark figures show Theresa May’s extreme version of Brexit would be a disaster for the NHS.”…

Mark Porter, head of the British Medical Association, said: “Politicians must keep the health service and its patients at the forefront [of their minds] during Brexit negotiations.”


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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