RCSEd endorses Welsh NHS Confederation Brexit Briefing Paper

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28 Jun 2018

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have this week endorsed a briefing document prepared by the Welsh NHS Confederation summarising what we believe are the key issues for health and social care organisations in Wales as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

The briefing, which has also been endorsed by 20 organisations from across the medical and social care sectors, calls for a range of actions to be taken such as

  • Ensuring UK immigration rules recognise healthcare as a priority sector for overseas recruitment.
  • Continued recognition of professional qualifications trained in the EU27 and mechanisms to alert each other of health and social professionals who are prohibited or restricted to practice.
  • That workers’ employment rights and patients’ rights are protected post Brexit.
  • Health and social care organisations across the UK will be able to continue to participate in EU collaborative programmes
  • Ensuring patients continue to benefit from early access to the wide range of innovative health technologies available on the EU market and ensuring regulatory alignment for the benefit of patients and the public’s health
  • Preserving reciprocal healthcare arrangements.
  • Continued engagement between the Welsh Government and the UK Government to ensure the interest of health and social care sector in Wales are safeguarded during the withdrawal process and beyond.

In response to the release of the paper, Professor Michael Lavelle Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said “The College has been active in its attempts to minimise the impact of Brexit has on our health services, so we are delighted that the Welsh NHS Confederation has produced this call for action and look forward to working with partners on this important issue.”


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