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There are a huge number of crucial issues to be discussed in the EU referendum campaign (economics, trade, immigration, etc.) but the NHS should not be a top priority. Open Europe assesses the key NHS-related arguments made by both sides, and explains why they are either greatly exaggerated or lack credibility to begin with.
16 June 2016
In an attempt to make the EU referendum campaign more relevant to swing voters, both sides have dragged the NHS into the debate. However, by most metrics, it will make little difference to the NHS whether the UK is inside or outside the EU. There are a huge number of crucial issues to be discussed in this debate – economics, trade, immigration and sovereignty to name but a few – but the NHS is not really among them. At best, it is tangentially related to other issues and should be discussed in that light, and not as a central issue in voters’ decision making. Open Europe assesses the key NHS-related arguments on both sides and explains why they are either greatly exaggerated or lack credibility to begin with.
NHS dependence on migrant workers
Fiscal impact of Brexit
EU funding and collaboration for medical research
EU migration putting pressure on the NHS
Working Time Directive
Clinical Trials Directive