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Brexit: Health leaders issue new no-deal warning

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Health leaders have written to Boris Johnson issuing new warnings on the impact of a no-deal Brexit. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the heads of 17 royal colleges and health charities across the UK say clinicians are "unable to reassure patients" their health and care will not be affected. 

They go on to say they have "significant concerns about shortages of medical supplies". Government said it was working with the health sector on "robust preparations". 

The letter, co-ordinated by the Royal College of Physicians, is signed by the heads of organisations including the British Dental Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Kidney Care UK and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. It calls for the Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock to be put on the EU exit strategy committee chaired by Michael Gove, who is in charge of no-deal planning.

The signatories argue that - given the scale of the NHS - without sufficient planning, even the smallest of problems could have "huge consequences on the lives of millions of people".

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Source: BBC News, 21 August 2019

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