Healthier IN the EU is a grassroots campaign that continues to raise the voice of UK health professionals, carers, patients and researchers in the negotiations and policies following the EU referendum. We still believe that full membership of the EU is best for the UK’s health care and if ‘Brexit means Brexit’ then we must fight to work as closely as possible with the EU for effective health policy, data sharing and free movement of health workers and researchers.
The EU allows the UK to pool resources with our closest neighbours to tackle important issues from public health (air pollution, tobacco, chemicals) to health innovation (medicines approvals, research networks) to large frameworks of healthcare (cross-border healthcare, international patients’ groups). These all have a direct effect on our wellbeing.
Health threats ignore borders, so we need to build international teams to match. Health innovation is best done at scale, so we need international teams to deliver. The EU is the right framework and is helping us to build those. Finally, let’s not forget freedom of movement which brings together the best mix of highly specialised skills, boosts our capacity and helps in making our health service one of the most efficient in the world.
We see that the EU is working to make us stronger as a nation and healthier individually. Let’s keep going. Working with the EU for a healthier UK.