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Brexit: the clock is ticking

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4057

Re: Brexit: the clock is ticking

Brexit might benefit the NHS by improving staff morale: while it is often argued that diversity is right for everyone and is a good thing (indeed, it has practically become political dogma), there is a downside and the possibility that other things may be lost should be considered.

For example, I think there are quite strong arguments to suggest that people feel most comfortable with those who share their background and I believe that groups which share a common language and culture are the most productive. While this does not preclude cooperative work from disparate groups, an appropriate mix may need to be found, benefitting all concerned.

I suspect a lot of resistance to EU migrants stems from the insecurity that people feel when they feel their way of life is being threatened - and is actually a form of self-defence. Recognition that there is a problem and collaborative discussion to find solutions must be the way ahead – while attacking people and accusing them of being stupid or racist (or both) will only encourage hostility, cause unnecessary unhappiness and, ultimately, be counterproductive.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 October 2018
Balfour Peter
Addiction Psychiatrist