Alexander – Government must listen to the BMA and keep Britain in Euratom after Brexit

The UK should stay within the framework of Euratom, the EU’s nuclear agency, to prevent disruption to the supply of medical isotopes, the British Medical Association (BMA) have said today.

In a new report, they warn that: “The UK’s decision to leave the EU will risk the UK’s ability to secure timely access to these radioisotopes, as well as funding for nuclear research.”

Commenting, Heidi Alexander MP, leading supporter of Open Britain and former Shadow Secretary of State for Health, said:

“Once again we see the damage a hard and destructive Brexit will do to our National Health Service. Britain’s doctors are clear that leaving the EU’s nuclear agency will disrupt the supply of medical isotopes, leading to worse cancer care here in Britain.

“No politician should even think about putting our NHS at risk or jeopardising cancer treatments. We were told during the referendum that Brexit would boost our NHS – but increasingly it looks like it could break it.

“It is vital that the Government keeps Britain within the Euratom framework after Brexit, as the BMA recommends. Patients, doctors and nurses will not forgive this Government if Brexit in any way disrupts and damages our NHS.”

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Notes to editors:

The BMA’s report is here: https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/influence/europe/brexit/bma-brexit-briefings/euratom