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Brexit and the troubled state of the NHS call for re-thinking the UK's approach to health. The EU referendum vote reveals deep social divisions as well as presenting the country with important decisions and negotiations about the future. At the same time, health problems are growing; the NHS faces severe financial constraints and appears to lurch from crisis to crisis, with leaving the European Union likely to exacerbate many problems including staffing issues across the whole sector. However, new scientific developments and digital technology offer societies everywhere massive and unprecedented opportunities for improving health. It is vital for the country that the NHS is able to adopt these discoveries and see them translated into improved patient care and population health, but also that the UK benefits from its capabilities and strengths in these areas.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31801-3

Type

Journal article

Journal

Lancet

Publication Date

10/12/2016

Volume

388

Pages

e24 - e27

Keywords

Biomedical Research, Community Health Services, Delivery of Health Care, Health Policy, Health Promotion, Home Care Services, Humans, Patient-Centered Care, State Medicine, United Kingdom