No deal Brexit, Wales

Publication date: 24 January 2019

Responding to the statement by Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on health and care services, Dr Peter Saul, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales said:

"It is encouraging that the Minister has acknowledged the dangers that a no-deal Brexit poses for the health service in Wales. These concerns resonate with our own warnings around Brexit, particularly around the impact it may have on recruitment and retention into general practice in Wales and the subsequent effect on patient care.

Wales is in the midst of a GP workforce crisis with 31% of GPs telling us that they are so stressed by their workload they feel they cannot cope at least once a week.

Further, 72% of GPs tell us that they expect general practice to get worse in the next five years. Both patients and doctors deserve better and we have been clear in calling for action to tackle the challenges facing the profession.

Our recently launched report, Transforming general practice: Building a profession fit for the future puts forward a series of recommendations to improve the state of general practice, which are underpinned by a central call of increasing funding to general practice to 11% of total Welsh NHS spend.

We are therefore deeply concerned about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the impact that this is likely to have on our profession, when coupled with existing workforce challenges. It is crucial that we can continue to attract GPs and members of the wider health and social care workforce to live and work in Wales. All possible steps must be taken to mitigate the risk that a no-deal Brexit poses for our health service to ensure that we can continue to deliver the highest possible standard of care for our patients."

Further Information

Lizzie Edwards
Devolved Councils Campaigns Officer
lizzie.edwards@rcgp.org.uk
0203 188 7741
07787 216 842

Notes to editor

  1.  The Royal College of GPs Wales represents a network of around 2,000 GPs, aiming to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on resources, education, training, research and clinical standards.
  2. RCGP Wales' recently published policy report: Transforming general practice: Building a profession fit for the future was published in December 2018.
  3. View Vaughan Gething AM's statement from the Welsh Assembly on 22 January 

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