In 2016 it was revealed that Britain is leaving the EU after the controversial referendum. Having been busy revising for my mock examinations, I had not taken much consideration into what effects Brexit could have. Having researched into the multitude of consequences it is clear that the NHS is a main issue that leaving the EU will effect. It is apparent that the EU sustains the NHS in various ways. Dr Mark Porter, BMA chief claims that “Anyone who attacks the contribution to this country of people from around the world, attacks us all. They attack many of us personally, but they attack every one of us, because the health service we love would not exist without their contribution.” However, Brexit did predict that migration could have meant a 4.25 million population increase by 2030, which would have hastened demand for services such as A&E by 46%. This supports the argument still that we have a blurred vision for our health prospects.
Certain people believe that Brexit will now make it easier for the UK government to make changes to those employed in the NHS. Nevertheless, having been a member of the EU, Britain had to abide to principles such as the European Working Time Directive which warrants that employees are not overworked. Without rights and rules enforced upon Britain, will workers still be offered fair working hours, rights, maternity and paternity leave? In addition, Britain now has no influence over the European Medicines Agency, a key organisation which regulates the approval of the uses of different drugs.
To conclude, leaving the EU is going to impact our health service significantly. It could potentially bring more money into the NHS, but conversely could spell the end of the NHS. The referendum has definitely imposed an unknown future onto the NHS; we can only hope that our future health care is sustainable with a new Brexit government leading.