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An open letter to MPs: No-deal Brexit could cause significant harm to health and social care

9 September 2019 King's Fund - open letter

This morning the Nuffield Trust, the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund have published an open letter to all MPs regarding the implications of a no deal Brexit for health and care services.

As the Government launches its public campaign to prepare for a no deal Brexit and MPs return from recess tomorrow with a short window to discuss the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the letter summarises four major areas where the impact of a no deal Brexit could be felt most sharply.

There is a very real risk that leaving the EU without an agreement could exacerbate the workforce crisis in health and care, drive up demand for already hard-pressed services, hinder the supply of medicines and other vital supplies, and stretch the public finances which pay for healthcare.

Our conclusion, based on our own and other objective evidence, is that a no deal Brexit could cause significant harm to health and social care services and the people who rely on them.

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