No deal Brexit a concern for West Suffolk CCG
Brexit and the possibility of a no deal European Union departure have the potential to challenge Suffolk’s health services, local chiefs have warned.
West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for NHS decisions made in the area, raised the concern in a board meeting this week.
A document stated: “Continuing lack of clarity about the potential outcome of negotiations and resultant lack of planning guidance pose granular operational risks.
“Financial pressures (could) become more acute after a no deal Brexit. This could result in knock-on effects on waiting times, recovery rates and quality of care.”
The CCG also expressed fears about issues of citizenship if EU citizens no longer qualify for NHS care.
As part of their response, the board pledged to review ‘preparedness reports’ sent from linked healthcare providers.
West Suffolk CCG also marked their recently awarded the ‘platinum’ level of healthcare’ from employer’s organisation Investors in People. The accolade was attained alongside Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG.