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Blog: the pros and cons of leaving the EU

Blog: the pros and cons of leaving the EU

Etheldreda Kong voices her opinion on what it means now that Great Britain has decided to vote out of the EU

I woke up on Friday, at Glastonbury, to the occupant in the next tent, shouting "Brexit!"

With Brexit, first and foremost, I would like to reassure our EU staff, we value you and your contribution to our health and care workforce.
We will welcome more of you, working alongside our home-grown.

The funding we so need in clinical commissioning group (CCG)/NHS land, we are unlikely to see any of the much talked about "£350m a week" gains! We could even see less in years to come as we face subsequent economic decline.

Remaining EU-countries, we have collectively worked hard on common sets of professional healthcare standards and agreed rules on medical education and collective public health research. Let's continue to collaborate.

Politicians and investors, we need to maintain the level of research funding and exemplar university status without losing investment in pharmaceutical/biotechnology research and development.

CCGs, even with national legislation (the Competition Act and Enterprise Act), we will face less pressure on procurement and privatisation as we will not be under the EU-US deal, TTIP, as we work towards new integrated models of care, which is good news.
We do not have to face with excessive EU rules that are not aligned with our NHS's workings, e.g, working time and health and safety.

The pressure that migration has placed on health services, housing, and education, already under strain, could be less.

With possibly no more reciprocal care, our citizens, residing in other EU countries, such as some of our pensioners, could be coming back for NHS care, increasing costs to CCGs.

Nye Bevan said: "The NHS will last as long as there are folks with faith to fight for it." Yes, we have faith!


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