The benefits to the NHS of staying in the EU

No harm at this political juncture, or reminding NHSreality readers of The benefits to the NHS of staying in the EU (The Times letters 4th April 2016.

Sir, As health professionals and researchers we write to highlight the benefits of continued EU membership to the NHS, medical innovation and UK public health.

We have made enormous progress over the decades in international health research, health services innovation and public health. Much of this is built around shared policies and capacity across the EU. The future for European citizens’ health lies in teamwork.

EU trade deals will not privatise the NHS as negotiations now contain clear safeguards. Decisions on NHS privatisation are in UK government hands alone.

EU immigration is a net benefit to our NHS in terms of finances, staffing and exchanges. Medical tourism brings surplus funding.

Finally, leaving the EU will not provide a financial windfall for the NHS. The UK’s contribution to the EU budget is part of an agreement allowing access to the single market. If we pulled out, adverse economic consequences far larger than any nominal savings are widely anticipated. This jeopardises an already cash-strapped NHS.

Our health services, health-research collaborations and public-health protection are more robust within the EU. Leaving would damage the progress we have made together. Brexit should carry a health warning.

Professor Martin McKee CBE, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Vice Dean, Academic Psychiatry, King’s College London Dr Mike Galsworthy, Programme Director, Scientists for EU
Lord Bernie Ribeiro FRCS, Past President, Royal College of Surgeons London
Lord Nigel Crisp, Former Chief Executive NHS, London
Baroness Elaine Murphy FRCPsych, Professor of Psychiatry, London
Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, Professor of nursing, University of Southampton
Sir George Alberti, Visiting Professor, King’s College, London
Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde
Sir Iain Chalmers, Co-ordinator, James Lind Initiative, Oxford
Sir Ian Gilmore, Professor, University of Liverpool
Sir Richard Thompson, Immediate past-president, Royal College of Physicians, London
Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research, King’s College, London
Sir Sam Everington, GP, London
Sir Cyril Chantler, Formerly Chairman of The King’s Fund and the UCL Partners academic health science network, London
Mr Carl Philpott, Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, University of East Anglia
Professor Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health, Blackburn with Darwen
Dr Anna Batchelor, Consultant anaesthetist, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Arpana Verma, Director Centre for Epidemiology, University of Manchester
Dr Christine Robinson, Research Assistant, University of Manchester
Dr Christopher A Birt, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Liverpool
Dr Clare Gerada MBE, Former Chairwoman, Royal College of General Practitioners London
Dr David L Cohen, Consultant Physician, Northwood
Dr David Nicholl, Clinical Lead for Neurology & Neurophysiology (writing in a personal capacity), Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust
Dr David Wrigley, GP, Carnforth, Lancashire
Dr Dominic Hurst, Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Care, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Geeta Nargund, Medical Director, Create Fertility London
Dr Harry Rutter, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Henry McKee, GP, Belfast Trust
Dr Iona Heath, Retired general practitioner, London
Dr Jane Young, Consultant Radiologist and Head of London School of Radiology, Whittington Health
Dr Jennifer Mindell, Reader in Public Health, UCL, London
Dr John-Paul Lomas, Specialist Trainee in Anaesthetics, Manchester
Dr Kevin O’Kane, Consultant in Acute Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust
Dr Leila Lessof OBE, Former Director of Public Health, London
Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Psychologist, London
Dr Michel Coleman, Professor of Epidemiology and Vital Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Nicola Shelton, Reader in Population Health, London
Dr Omar Bouamra, Medical Statistician, University of Manchester
Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, Elsevier
Dr Roberta Jacobson OBE, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Health Equity, London
Dr S Vittal Katikireddi, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
Dr Suzy Lishman, President, The Royal College of Pathologists
George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol
Jan van der Meulen, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Mr Gary Clough, Research Assistant, University of Manchester
Mrs Louise Johnson, Well North Executive Co-ordinator, University of Manchester
Ms Clare Huish, Research support assistant, Manchester
Ms Rosalynde Lowe CBE, Former Chairwoman Queen’s Nursing Institute, London
Prof Alastair H Leyland, Professor of Population Health Statistics, University of Glasgow
Prof Frank Kee, Clinical Professor, Queen’s University Belfast
Prof Gerard Hastings OBE, Professor, Stirlng and the Open University
Prof Humphrey Hodgson FMed Sci, Emeritus Professor of Medicine , UCL
Prof John S Yudkin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University College London
Prof Jonathan Weber, Director, imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, Imperial College London
Prof Mark S Gilthorpe, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, University of Leeds
Prof Trevor Powles CBE, Head Breast Cancer Cancer Centre, London
Professor Peter Kopelman, Emeritus Professor of Medicine (formerly Principal), St George’s, University of London
Prof Martin White, Programme Leader, Food Behaviours and Public Health, University of Cambridge
Prof Ray Powles CBE, Head, Haemato-oncology, Cancer Centre London
Prof Sir Mike Owen, Professor of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University
Prof Tim Helliwell, Vice President for Learning, Royal College of Pathologists, Liverpool
Professor Adrian Renton, Director of Institute of Health and Human Development, London
Professor Aileen Clarke, Head of Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School
Professor Allan H Young, Director, Centre for Affective Disorders, King’s College London
Professor Alwyn Smith CBE, Former President, UK Faculty of Public Health, Manchester
Professor Carol Dezateux, Professor of Epidemiology and Hon Consultant Paediatrician, London
Professor David Edwards, Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust
Professor Debbie A Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol
Professor Derek Cook, Professor of Epidemiology, St George’s University of London
Professor Dorothy Bishop FRS, FBA, FMedSci, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology, University of Oxford
Professor Gabriel Scally, Visiting Professor of Public Health, Bristol
Professor Jane Salvage, Nursing consultant, Lewes
Professor John Ashton CBE, Director of Public Health, Cumbria
Professor John Malcolm Harrington, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Medicine, Budleigh Salterton
Professor John Middleton, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton
Professor KK Cheng, Director, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
Professor Liam Smeeth, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Professor Lindsey Davies, Past president, UK Faculty of Public Health, London
Professor Martin Bobak, Professor or epidemiology, University College London
Professor Maurice Lessof, Former Professor of Medicine, Guy’s Hospital
Professor Patrick Saunders, Director, Carolan57 Ltd
Professor Peter Whincup, Professor of Epidemiology, St George’s, University of London
Professor Raymond Agius, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Manchester
Professor Rod Griffiths CBE, Past President, Faculty of Public Health, London
Professor Rod Hay, Professor of Cutaneous Infection, King’s College NHS Trust London
Professor Rosalind Raine, Head of Department of Applied Health Research, UCL
Professor Rosalind Smyth CBE FMedSci, Director, UCL Institute of Child Health
Professor Simon Capewell, Chairman of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool
Professor Salman Rawaf, Professor of Public Health, Imperial College
Professor Shah Ebrahim, Hon. Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine
Professor Shanta Persaud, Professor of Diabetes & Endocrinology, King’s College London
Professor Simon Heller, Professor of Clinical Diabetes, University of Sheffield
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, David Weatherall Chairman of Medicine and Consultant Physician, University of Liverpool
Professor Stephanie Amiel, Professor of Diabetic Medicine, King’s College London
Professor Trisha Greenhalgh OBE, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Dr Rachel Scantlebury, Public health registrar, London
Dr Verma Amar Nath, Retired General Medical Practitioner (NHS), Birmingham
Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Director, Children and Young People’s Health Partnership, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Sir Eric Thomas, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Bristol
Lord Ara Darzi OM, Paul Hamlyn Professor of Surgery, Imperial College
Baroness Sheila Hollins, Former President Royal College of Psychiatrists, London
Lord Naren Patel, Former President Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dundee
Professor Anna Gilmore, Professor of Public Health, University of Bath
Mrs Alexandra Johnson, CEO Joining Jack, Joining Jack, Wigan
Richard Fitzgerald, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
Anne Lennox, Chief Executive, Myotubular Trust
Professor Alison Woollard, Associate Professor, University of Oxford
Dr Simon Stockill, Medical Director, NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group
Professor Michael Laffan, Professor of Haemostasis and Thrombosis, London
Mr Daniel Mayhew BSc, Development Technician, Cambridge
Dr Martin Yuille, Reader, University of Manchester
Dr Alastair Cardno, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Leeds
Ben Caplin, Senior Clinical Lecturer, UCL
Professor Chris Inglehearn, Ophthalmology, University of Leeds
Professor Matthew Hotopf, Director NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the Maudsley, King’s College London
Dr Carolina Lopez, Consultant Radiologist, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Dr Chiara Marina Bettolo, Consultant Neurologist, Newcastle upon Tyne
Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London

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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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