General Article The battle to break even

Topic Selected: National Health Issues

Minimising the damage to the NHS while extricating it from the EU is a huge test of the new government. Can it survive the workforce, funding and regulation challenges heading its way? Tim Tonkin finds out.

The dust is now slowly settling on the 2017 general election – called by Theresa May to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations.

While negotiations with the EU are set to begin in earnest on 19 June, many health organisations, including the BMA, are clear that the Government can waste no time in making the NHS its main priority.

Speaking shortly before the election, BMA council chair Mark Porter stressed exactly that, with Brexit now under way and with the NHS at breaking point: “It is vital that the next Government ensures long-term stability for the NHS by granting permanent residence to EEA [European Economic Area] doctors working in the UK; maintains the current working time regulations; protects life-changing medical research which benef

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