NHS doctors think that Brexit threatens to be very bad news indeed for the NHS, a new academic-led study has revealed.
Asked to rate the impact of Brexit on the NHS from 0 (worst impact) to 10 (best impact) the median score amongst the 1172 doctors who were surveyed was 2, reports The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
More than four in every five (82.7%) of the doctors surveyed gave Brexit a rating of less than 5.
Commenting, Dr Paul Williams MP, GP and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Theresa May’s hard Brexit is very bad news for the NHS and doctors – at the heart of the service – know that better than anyone.
“Health professionals are increasingly backing a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, with the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives all voting to back the demand.
“For the NHS Brexit is a big deal, but it is not a done deal.”
Notes to editors
Details of the survey can be found at: https://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2018/07/09/jech-2018-210801