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Independents' Day

BMA backs second referendum on Brexit final deal

The BMA has backed a second Brexit referendum, after doctors voted to oppose leaving the EU at the Annual Representative Meeting last month.

The Independent launched the ‘Final Say’ campaign last week by opening a petition calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal, with over 400,000 people signing the petition so far.

The BMA’s Brexit lead Dr Andrew Dearden said it is ‘imperative’ that the public has a say in the final deal as ‘no one could have imagined the extent of the complications’ posed by leaving the EU.

He said: ‘We know that doctors are worried that Brexit could seriously undermine the provision of healthcare in the UK and Europe.

‘The challenges posed by Brexit are considerable and though there has been some progress, there is too much uncertainty around what the implications will be for doctors and the health service.

‘We already know, for example, that Brexit has had a huge impact on the morale of EU NHS staff working here – our own research has shown us that almost half of NHS staff from the EU are considering leaving the UK because of the EU referendum.’

The BMA’s ‘Brexit briefings’, which outlined its stance earlier this year, previously warned: ‘Any reduction in the number of doctors migrating to the UK will therefore undoubtedly exacerbate workforce shortages, impacting staffing levels on hospital wards, in GP practices and in community settings across the UK.’

Official statistics have shown that the GP workforce shortage continues to worsen as 1,000 GPs left the profession since 2015, when the health secretary announced plans to add 5,000 GPs to the workforce by 2020.

Meanwhile, NHS England continues to pursue its target of recruiting 2,000 GPs from overseas by 2020, with just 85 in posts as of the end of March.

This comes after BMA doctors voted to ‘oppose Brexit as a whole’ at the Annual Representative Meeting in June.

Readers' comments (11)

  • Why don’t we allow a dictatorship to take over while we’re at it?

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  • Vinci Ho

    Meanwhile, this is part of reality:
    Drug makers Sanofi and Novartis stockpiling for Brexit

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  • Cobblers

    Imagine if one said

    "Actually any referendum or come to that election should be rerun if we don't like the result".

    And rerun and rerun until we get the result we want.

    End of democracy?

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  • How did we survive before the EU!

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  • Why are the BMA opining on this?

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  • Ian: we were part of the EC since the 70s , yes but we did survive prior to that.

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  • AlanAlmond

    What the f@£k has this got to do with the BMA?
    Oh just keep on holding referendums until you get the ‘right’ result. Anyone can see this for what it is - which ever way you voted. The underlying question is do you really believe in voting at all, or do you just seek to over turn any result you don’t like any number of pseudo ‘democracies’ around the world. Is that what we are ..a pretend democracy? Shut up , get over yourself and accept the result...or align yourself with dictators and one party states. A bigger bunch of dangerous self deluded hypocrites as so called ‘democracy loving second voters’ I don’t think you could find. And now official policy of the BMA?! Certainly fits with their appalling loosing record. BMA motto ‘always ensure you align yourself with a loosing argument’

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  • well im sure the BMA will be just as effective in its call for a second vote as it has been in protecting doctors pay and working conditions...

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  • The problem is that all of these organisations go well beyond their remit. Too much money and not enough common sense

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  • Good luck with that

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