The BMA is publishing a paper today warning that if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on 31st October it could be catastrophic for the NHS.

Analysing the wide-ranging likely effects of a no-deal Brexit, the report argues that it could ‘irreparably harm the NHS and the nation’s health.’

The paper raises concerns about the supply of essential medicines, patient healthcare and the availability of skilled doctors. It also questions the impact on broader issues such as the future of medical research and reciprocal healthcare across the EU.

The timing could not be worse, the BMA argues, as the NHS traditionally comes under increasing pressure over the winter period and needs to be functioning at its best immediately prior to this period.

This also comes at a time when staff shortages are already impacting on the provision of healthcare by the NHS.

The BMA has called for the government to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

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