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Views And Reviews Brexit

How should doctors communicate the risks of Brexit to the public?

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 21 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4906
  1. Tom Moberly, UK editor
  1. The BMJ
  1. tmoberly{at}

Doctors should think carefully about how they approach the issue, says Tom Moberly

Report after report has warned that, whatever the details of the final Brexit deal, the NHS will be hit hard. Yet many people outside the health sector, and some in it, are still unaware of how the NHS will be affected.

These risks certainly shouldn’t be kept hidden from the general public. In fact, the BMA has argued that doctors need to speak up about them, as they may prevent patients receiving the care they need.1

“We have a professional responsibility to raise concerns …

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