Commenting on the publication of Protecting the Public’s Health Across Europe After Brexit, the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Professor Derek Bell OBE said:

“The College welcomes the publication of this report, which is a vital contribution to the national debate on Brexit. It lays bare some of the significant challenges that Brexit poses, and what can be done to mitigate them. People across Europe have benefitted from the advances made in healthcare, research and health protection in recent decades, and it is imperative that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that this progress is not halted, or even rolled-back as a result of Brexit.

“So far the discussion around the future relationship between the UK and the EU has focused heavily on the economics, but our health is at least as important, and we need reassurance that health issues will not fall by the wayside as the negotiations progress.

“The College will continue to push for the best Brexit deal for our NHS,  and for the hard working healthcare professionals who form its backbone, and to ensure that the UK remains as engaged with the global health economy as we are currently.”


The report was published today (13th June) by the Brexit Health Alliance, and can be viewed here.

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which in turn is a member of the Brexit Health Alliance.

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh was founded in 1681. We support and educate doctors in the hospital sector throughout the UK and the world with over 12,000 Fellows and Members in 91 countries, covering 30 medical specialties.

Keith Small

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