Progress in child health depends on research—an important message to remember as we face the imminent departure of the UK from the EU […]
Naren Patel and John Middleton: Brexit must “do no harm” to the public’s health
The government needs to secure in statute its commitment to the public’s continuing health […]
Martin McKee: What would a “no deal” Brexit mean—and what does it tell us about those who advocate for it?
It is difficult to envisage a worse outcome for the United Kingdom than “no deal” Brexit—it would have serious implications for health […]
Martin McKee: The Brexit agreement—a work in progress, but much is still uncertain
Although it was touch and go up to the very end, the negotiators from the European Union and the United Kingdom government have agreed that “sufficient progress” has been made in their talks on Brexit. The report is a mere 15 pages long and should be read by anyone with an interest in this issue, […]
Martin McKee: The devil is in the detail—why retaining the European Health Insurance Card may be an impossible dream
The European Health Insurance Card symbolises the many benefits that the European Union brings to its citizens. It allows tourists to obtain healthcare when they are visiting another member state just as if they lived there permanently. And it is only one, albeit the most visible, element of a comprehensive legal framework covering healthcare among […]
Chris Simms: Brexit and the vengeance of unintended consequences
Decades before the advent of complexity science, H L Mencken wrote that “For every complex problem there is a solution which is clear, simple, and wrong.” These solutions typically complicate existing problems while creating new ones. Local and global health communities likely have lessons to offer political leaders at risk of opting for these kinds […]
Martin McKee: Theresa May’s proposals on EU citizens’ rights are neither fair nor serious
Anyone concerned with the long term future of the NHS should be very worried […]
Martin McKee: The Brexit negotiations have started, but are they going anywhere?
Regardless of what happens with Brexit negotiations, there are now three fundamental threats to the NHS and health policy in the UK, says Martin McKee […]
Emma Cave: Brexit and the regulation of clinical trials
As the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, Emma Cave considers the implications for the implementation of the new Clinical Trials Regulation, likely to come into operation in 2018. The key regulatory challenge is to enhance the competitiveness of UK clinical trials without compromising ethical integrity. The EU Clinical Trials Directive 2001/20/EC sets out rules […]
Martin McKee: Article 50 has been triggered. Now what?
The sound of ideology slamming into a wall of reality is already echoing throughout Whitehall, says Martin McKee, as he unpicks some of the consequences of Brexit. […]