12th September 2018
For immediate release
The Academy of Medical Royal College Wales (Wales Academy) has expressed concern that Brexit could lead to longer waiting times for patients as a result of increased pressure on staffing levels, a potential economic downturn and delays in the approvals of medicine. The warning comes in a paper outlining the implications that leaving the EU could have on health and wellbeing in Wales. The Academy recognises that some of the issues are being addressed at a UK level but suggests a lot more needs to be done.
The Wales Academy brings together the voices of its member Colleges and Faculties for overarching generic issues around healthcare. Its role is to promote and facilitate the work of the Medical Royal Colleges and their Faculties for the benefit of patients and healthcare in Wales.
The paper covers several areas relating to health and wellbeing including:
- Health and Social Care Financing
- Health And Social Care Workforce
- Access to healthcare (including for British ex-pats )
- Medicines, vaccines, medical devices and biotechnology products
- Infectious Disease Control
- Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control
- Organ Donation
- Research and Development
- Laboratory Standards
- Broader Population Health Implications of EU Regulations
- Food Standards
- Tobacco and Alcohol
Dr Paul Myres, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Wales, said :
“The health sector in Wales is concerned about what Brexit could mean for patients. The NHS already faces funding pressures and these may increase when leaving the EU. Should these pressures become more acute after Brexit, there will be a direct knock-on effect on waiting times, and thus recovery rates as well as the quality of care that can be delivered to patients in Wales.’’
“This paper outlines a number of shared concerns that leaving the EU will have on health in Wales , particularly relating to workforce and patient access.
“It’s vital that Governments in Cardiff and London understand the political challenges and take appropriate action to address these concerns’’
Notes to editors
❏ The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Wales (Wales Academy) brings together the voices of its
member Colleges and Faculties for overarching generic issues around healthcare.
❏ The Wales Academy role is to promote, facilitate and at times, coordinate the work of the Medical Royal
Colleges and their Faculties for the benefit of patients and healthcare in Wales.
❏ The Wales Academy is an independent committee accountable to the Academy of Medical Royal
Colleges (AoMRC) board of trustees. We aim to work collaboratively with the AoMRC and be the Welsh
voice within that but responding to the unique needs and systems of Wales.
❏ For more information contact Helen Britton, Operational Manager on 07724733278 or firstname.lastname@example.org