Alastair Whitington, Consultant Editor for Specialised Commissioning, breaks down Brexit’s impact on the NHS now and in the future
Brexit (or otherwise) has now been set for Halloween. Whether it will be trick or treat, or an outcome that will come to haunt us, is yet to be seen. There is still great uncertainty over whether any deal will be realised and the significant implications this may have for both the NHS and wider healthcare.
Preparing for Brexit has come at an eye-watering cost. So far, based on the government’s own figures, £3.5 billion has been committed. The potential long-term impact on the economy and cost to the NHS in implementation is less certain. Recurrent NHS debts and a capital backlog (as reflected in our feature on NHS financial sustainability, page 19) have first call