A year on from the Brexit vote, health experts say the health service has yet to recover from the blow of the Brexit fallout.
Dr Chris Heeney from Imperial College London said it was unclear how many of the 5 million British people with chronic diseases who had already had operations and procedures cancelled would be able to return to work.
“It’s a big blow to the NHS.
People who’ve had their operation cancelled have been able to find jobs and some are able to work but they’re not necessarily able to be on their feet and get to their appointments,” he told the BBC.
“The government has been very good about ensuring that people can get back to work.”
He added: “There’s been a lot of anecdotal evidence that we’ve had people who’ve got their operations cancelled but haven’t been able back to see their GP, to see the specialist, to get back into their jobs.”
He said he was “totally sceptical” that the government would get the job done, despite a £50bn NHS spending freeze and the introduction of a new health and social care system.
The Conservative government’s pledge to deliver “the best NHS in the world” in 2020 was announced in April.
However, the NHS has struggled to meet the targets since, with the number of hospital beds at its peak at nearly 7.5 million but now at around 5.8 million.
Dr Heeneie said the government was “very focused on the NHS” but that the “cost of delivering it is going to be huge” and that the NHS needed to find a way to “fix” the problem.
How the NHS could survive a Brexit blow In the wake of Brexit, Dr Heedey said the UK had been “devastated” by the news. “
People are struggling to get access to their healthcare because of the impact of the economic crisis and the recession, but I think it’s still a very difficult system to manage.”
How the NHS could survive a Brexit blow In the wake of Brexit, Dr Heedey said the UK had been “devastated” by the news.
“And if we’re not able to do that then it’s going to put a real strain on the other services.” “
He suggested that if the NHS was to survive a potential Brexit hit, it would need to have a “plan B” to “come up with some way to cope”. “
And if we’re not able to do that then it’s going to put a real strain on the other services.”
He suggested that if the NHS was to survive a potential Brexit hit, it would need to have a “plan B” to “come up with some way to cope”.
Dr Heeley said that while the NHS had been doing its best to keep the country safe during the Brexit period, it was not coping with the cost of the situation.
In a bid to cope, the health secretary, Andy Burnham, has promised a £2bn funding boost to the healthcare system in the first year after the UK leaves the EU, including £5bn for new beds and £3bn for services. “
We have seen some of the NHS’s staff really struggling and really not coping well and we’ve got to make sure that we’re doing our very best to provide the best service for people in our service.”
In a bid to cope, the health secretary, Andy Burnham, has promised a £2bn funding boost to the healthcare system in the first year after the UK leaves the EU, including £5bn for new beds and £3bn for services.
Dr Burnham has also said that a new government-funded scheme to give patients and carers free NHS care in the event of a Brexit hit would be introduced.
He has promised to invest £500m to expand mental health services and to invest in new treatment centres.
But he has said that his plans would not include a “free NHS” and would not guarantee “free” care for people who could not afford it.
Health experts have warned that NHS services could be “devoured” by “unprecedented” demand and that millions of patients could be left out of pocket if the government fails to deliver on its commitment to fund the health services during a Brexit crisis.
Dr Robert Hall, an expert on health at King’s College London, told the Today programme: ‘If you take a look at the cost and the health care system we currently have, it is simply not sustainable.’
He added that it would be “inevitable” that people could be turned away from the NHS because of their health problems.
“You’re going to have huge numbers of people who will simply not be able or not want to access the NHS services, it could be catastrophic.”
The Health Secretary is also promising £10bn for a “new” NHS hospital in the West Midlands, which has been under scrutiny for the health of patients.
However the Department for Business,