No pharmacy representation in new Brexit Health Alliance
No pharmacy bodies are yet involved withÂ the BrexitÂ Health Alliance, a new partnershipÂ formed to to be voice of health sector as the UK leaves the European Union.
Founding members includeÂ theÂ NHS Confederation, Association of UK University Hospitals, National VoicesÂ Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and The Richmond Group of Charities.Â
It will be co-chaired by Sir Hugh Taylor, the former permanent secretary of the Department of Health, and Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation.
The Alliance says it will seek to make sure that issues such as healthcare research, access to technologies and treatment of patients are given the prominence and attention they deserve in theÂ BrexitÂ negotiations.Â
It maintainsÂ that it is in both Europe and the UKâ€™s interests to maintain co-operation in research and in handling public health issues.
It will also call on the UK government to make sure there is a commitment to medical research and providing alternative funding, and that UK citizensâ€™ right to receive healthcare in EU countries is preserved.Â
The Allianceâ€™s co-chair, Sir Hugh Taylor, said:Â â€œWe wish to support the government to achieve the best result for patients and for healthcare across the UK.Â We hope that the combined expertise and insight of the alliance will prove useful in helping to secure this.Â Our aim will be to ensure a strong focus on health asÂ BrexitÂ approaches, and that we offer views from across the health sector to negotiators to ensure that patient care and the populationâ€™s health and wellbeing will be protected as we leave the EU.â€
Niall Dickson added:Â â€œThere is a risk that healthcare will become forgotten alongside the vast number of issues that the negotiators will have to address.Â It is vital we protect world leading research, that patients have access to medicines when they need them and that co-operation between the UK and Europe continues to protect all our citizens."Â
While no pharmacy body is yet involved, a spokesperson for the Alliance said that could change in the future. The National Pharmacy Association told Independent Community Pharmacy that its board had notÂ yet had the opportunity to consider theÂ matter.