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Brexit: the clock is ticking

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4057 (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4057

Re: Brexit: the clock is ticking

"The uncertainty is unacceptable to patients, who are alarmed at the looming deadline of 29 March 2019, writes patients’ advocate Jeremy Taylor": I assume the majority of these patients (52%) voted in favour of Brexit, of course. So this groups is actually responsible of their own worries, and our sympathy for them could be somehow affected. Anyway, for those and the 48% who have no responsibility in this sorry state of affairs, they could gather together and ask the Governement to keep the Brexiteers' promise of £350 million a week more for the NHS. It was written on the back of a bus, remember? That's £18 billion per year, an increase of almost 15% on the yearly NSH budget (which is approximately £124.7 billion in 2017/18). It may not help to recruit sufficient staff, but it might stave off other rationing.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 September 2018
Paolo Tomasi
Scientific Officer
London