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NHS not ready to take on UK pensioners abroad if Brexit talks stall, peers are told

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4293 (Published 14 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4293
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

UK health services do not have the resources to care for British pensioners currently living in other EU countries if they have to return because of stalled Brexit negotiations, peers have been told.

Health experts have warned of the potential consequences if talks to ensure continuation of reciprocal healthcare arrangements stall.

At the end of August the government said that both sides in Brexit negotiations had reached agreement in principle to protect existing reciprocal healthcare rights for UK nationals in the EU and for EU citizens in the UK under the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) arrangements.

Peers on the House of Lords EU home affairs subcommittee, holding the first evidence session on 13 September for …

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