Speculative Diversion: On the EU Referendum Campaign / Brexit Vote and Alleged Implications for the NHS (BBC News)

Summary

Vote Leave has claimed that £50 million per day (£350 million a week) could be freed up for improving capacity and reducing pressures in the NHS, instead of being sent to Brussels.

Britain Stronger in Europe, on the other hand, has suggested that leaving the EU could harm the NHS. Jeremy Hunt has asserted that NHS could be placed under greater threat from Brexit.

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EU referendum: NHS cash row as campaigns get under way. London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, April 15th 2016.

See also:

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Kuenssberg, L. (2016). Vote Leave target undecided voters over NHS. London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, April 15th 2016.

Further BBC analysis:

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Reuben, A. (2016). Reality Check: Would Brexit mean extra £350m a week for NHS? London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, April 15th 2016.

Possibly also of interest:

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Kovacevic, T. (2016). BBC Reality Check: How much pressure do EU migrants put on NHS? London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, April 15th 2016.

The debate continues to include advice in the form of cautionary threats and warnings against Brexit.

“When the British economy sneezes, the NHS catches a cold”. Simon Stevens.

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EU referendum: Brexit ‘could damage NHS’, health boss warns. London: BBC Health News / BBC Politics News, May 22nd 2016.

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Pym, H. (2016). The NHS and Europe – which is the healthier option? London: BBC Health News / BBC Politics News, June 3rd 2016.

A Tour de Force in Creative Humorous Writing?

Gloriously disconnected, surreal and irresponsible. Make of this what you will:

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Patterson, J. (2016). Migrant chickens blamed for NHS crisis. London [Online]: NHSNetworks, June 9th 2016.

Prolonged Uncertainty: The Only Certainty

Anyone’s guess:

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Pym, H. (2016). What does Brexit mean for the NHS? London: BBC Health News, June 24th 2016.

More on Brexit implications for NHS finances:

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Pym, H. (2016). NHS finances – back under intense scrutiny. London: BBC Health News, July 8th 2016.

NHS Finances Outside the EU (Health Foundation)

The following Health Foundation briefing discusses the impact of the UK leaving the European Union on NHS finances. Based on work from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), this analysis projects an NHS funding shortfall of around £16 billion by 2030/31 before considering the impact of leaving the EU.

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Briefing: NHS finances outside the EU: Health Foundation analysis of the impact on NHS finances of the UK leaving the European Union. London: Health Foundation, July 4th 2016.

Record Levels of NHS Deficits: Considering the Options Post-Brexit

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Dunn, P. McKenna, H. [and] Murray, R. (2016). Deficits in the NHS 2016. London: King’s Fund, July 8th 2016.

2017 Updates

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Pym, H. (2017). Health: a key issue in the general election. London: BBC Health News, April 19th 2017.

Expat Pensioners: a Worst-Case Scenario

Thousands of expat pensioners returning to the UK after Brexit could cost £1 billion to use the NHS, according to the Nuffield Trust. Currently, the UK spends about £500 million per year on the healthcare of Brits who have retired abroad.

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Brexit expat retirees ‘may cost NHS millions’. London: BBC Health News, May 31st 2017.

NHS Staffing Levels

Concerns about meeting NHS staffing requirements:

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Homer, A. (2017). Share of European Union staff leaving NHS rises following Brexit. London: BBC News / BBC Health News, October 16th 2017.

Potentially unintended consequences of Brexit:

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Triggle, N. (2017). EU nurses ‘turning their backs on UK’. London: BBC Health News, November 2nd 2017.

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