The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has written to nine political party leaders asking them to support a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
The letter, sent on 29 August 2018 to the leaders of the major political parties across the UK on behalf of the RCN’s 435,000 members, states that Brexit poses an “immediate risk to the provision of safe and effective care”.
The RCN added that the delivery of effective person-centred care depends on continued UK membership of the European Medicines Agency and on UK participation in clinical trials and research projects.
The letter also expressed concerns that Brexit will exacerbate existing problems with workforce sustainability.
”As the debate across our membership has made clear, the implications of Brexit for the health and care system will be numerous,” Maria Trewern, chair of the RCN council, said. “There are risks that, if not credibly addressed, may damage population health, as well as severely impact on our members’ ability to provide safe and effective care for their patients in both the short and the long term.”