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How will Brexit affect health and health services in the UK? Evaluating three possible scenarios

Overview of attention for article published in The Lancet, September 2017
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6215 tweeters
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Title
How will Brexit affect health and health services in the UK? Evaluating three possible scenarios
Published in
The Lancet, September 2017
DOI 10.1016/s0140-6736(17)31926-8
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Authors

Fahy, Nick, Hervey, Tamara, Greer, Scott, Jarman, Holly, Stuckler, David, Galsworthy, Mike, McKee, Martin, Nick Fahy, Tamara Hervey, Scott Greer, Holly Jarman, David Stuckler, Mike Galsworthy, Martin McKee

Abstract

The process of leaving the European Union (EU) will have profound consequences for health and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. In this paper, we use the WHO health system building blocks framework to assess the likely effects of three scenarios we term soft Brexit, hard Brexit, and failed Brexit. We conclude that each scenario poses substantial threats. The workforce of the NHS is heavily reliant on EU staff. Financing of health care for UK citizens in the EU and vice versa is threatened, as is access to some capital funds, while Brexit threatens overall economic performance. Access to pharmaceuticals, technology, blood, and organs for transplant is jeopardised. Information used for international comparisons is threatened, as is service delivery, especially in Northern Ireland. Governance concerns relate to public health, competition and trade law, and research. However, we identified a few potential opportunities for improvement in areas such as competition law and flexibility of training, should the UK Government take them. Overall, a soft version of Brexit would minimise health threats whereas failed Brexit would be the riskiest outcome. Effective parliamentary scrutiny of policy and legal changes will be essential, but the scale of the task risks overwhelming parliament and the civil service.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 45 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 24%
Researcher 9 20%
Student > Bachelor 5 11%
Other 5 11%
Student > Postgraduate 5 11%
Other 10 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 19 42%
Unspecified 5 11%
Social Sciences 5 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 7%
Other 10 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3560. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 April 2018.
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#83
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#6
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Outputs of similar age
#6
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Outputs of similar age from The Lancet
#3
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