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Seven days in medicine: 11-17 October 2017

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4807 (Published 19 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4807

Brexit

Health leaders warn of “worst case scenario”

A “worst case scenario” Brexit that ends reciprocal healthcare arrangements between the UK and the EU could have severe repercussions for patients, warned healthcare leaders. The Brexit Health Alliance said that travel insurance for visiting Europe could become unaffordable for British citizens with existing health problems if they could no longer use the European Health Insurance Card. It added that, if British people abroad lost reciprocal healthcare rights, it could cost the NHS £500m (€561; $659) a year.

Minister promises “ambitious” EU science deal

The UK government sought to quell fears over Brexit’s effect on the science and research sector, saying that it was seeking an “ambitious science and innovation agreement with the EU.” In a written parliamentary statement, Robin Walker, minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, said, “We recognise the importance of a close cooperative relationship between the UK and EU in the field of medicines regulation and science and research collaboration and intend for this to form a key part of our deep and special partnership with the EU.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.j4741)

Regulation

CQC is urged to speed up inspection reports

Inspectors take too long to publish their reports of health and social care inspections in England, the government’s spending watchdog …

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