The European Junior Doctors Permanent Working Group (EJD) has pleaded with the European Union and the UK Government to “work constructively to ensure that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, whilst fundamentally altering both parties, does not threaten the European medical profession nor the health of the patients it serves”.
In a statement, the organisation said Europe’s medical workforce has become “increasingly integrated and interdependent” and that the UK’s impending departure from the EU will have “profound repercussions for the medical profession and its ongoing ability to provide high-quality healthcare”.
It stressed that the free movement of doctors has played a crucial role in both professional development and in meeting varying medical workforce requirements across Europe.
Last month, the British Medical Association warned that more than four in 10 European doctors working across the UK are considering leaving the country following the EU referendum result.
Earlier this week it was announced that the British government intends to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29, 2017, kick-starting the Brexit process. It is anticipated that, following negotiations, the British exit from the Union will be completed in March 2019.