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Brexit means 'only major crisis will focus ministers on to NHS'

Former health boss Nigel Crisp says government will be distracted by leaving EU and there is no sign of mitigating action The NHS and social care are at risk of being downgraded as a priority by a government distracted by Brexit unless there is a major public health crisis, the former chief executive of the NHS has warned. Nigel Crisp, who ran the NHS and Department of Health for six years, said the government’s need to concentrate on the economics of leaving the EU would be one of the three biggest risks to health and social care posed by the referendum vote, along with loss of staff who are EU citizens and a brain drain from medical research.
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