“Our EU membership has brought many health benefits, not least the right to go abroad for treatment and have the bill paid by the UK, which is the essence of the Cross-Border Health directive, which I piloted through the European Parliament.”
John Bowis, former MP, UK Health Minister and MEP.
“Free movement within the EU has enabled UK general practitioners to work with, research with, and learn from primary care colleagues across Europe”
Iona Heath CBE, former President of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
“Membership of the EU gives our universities access to research collaborations in health care and research funds that would might not otherwise be available, and which we are disproportionately successful at winning. The results of many of these partnerships and research grants have the desired ripple effect on health care outcomes in the UK”
Professor Hugh P. McKenna CBE, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN. Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Ulster University.
“My research on epidemiology of ageing benefited enormously from EU research funding for collaborations bring together scientists from all over Europe. More recently, EU funding as played a major role for biomedical and epidemiological sciences straddling India and Europe.”
Shah Ebrahim, co-editor of International Journal of Epidemiology and honorary professor of public health LSHTM and University of Bristol.
“I am simply appalled by the prospect of living in an offshore banana republic. The astonishing stupidity of the exit enthusiasts appals me. How can it possibly be true that the EU, apparently full of folk determined to snaffle our sovereignty and take all our money will somehow suddenly give us favourable trading terms because we have left. “
Prof Rod Griffiths, CBE BSc MB ChB MA FFPH FRCP
“I am a European citizen, a European doctor and a European scientist. To withdraw from the EU would diminish my identity, compromise my clinical practice and reduce my ability to produce world-leading scientific research”
Trisha Greenhalgh, OBE FMedSci. Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
“Our teaching and our research both benefit from being part of the EU for example, as part of the Erasmus programme and as a facilitator for collaboration with European colleagues.”
Dominic Hurst, lead for the MSc in Dental Public Health at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL and for Evidence-based Dentistry in the undergraduate dental degree (BDS).
“There is no doubt that the EU has been a force for good for public health and we would be better off remaining in. Only via the EU have we been able to secure important social, environmental and health policies that protect us all.”
Anna B Gilmore MBBS DTM&H MSc PhD FFPH, Professor of Public Health & Director of the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath and UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies
“Many of the most important factors affecting the health of local populations in the UK- such as air pollution -can only be effectively influenced above the national level- through European and global agreements. The health of future generations in the towns and cities of the UK will be dependent on a strong coordinated health voice in European policy making. For this reason I will vote to stay in the EU.”
Dominic Harrison Honorary Professor University of Central Lancashire and Director of Public Health Blackburn With Darwen
“The beneficial social and environmental legislation, which no UK ruling party is likely to have put in place without EU prompting, and the capacity, willingness of the EU to confront the abuse of corporate power … outweigh for me the disadvantages of huge remote organisations, with the obstacles these present for participatory democracy.”
Dr Robin Stott, retired physician with a lifelong commitment to creating socially economically and environmentally fairer societies as an essential platform for the public health.
“Who can in all honesty really maintain that, except for a small subset of them, the determinants of health of the British people can be addressed entirely within the shores of the UK?”
Dr Christopher A Birt, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool
“Britain leaving the EU will undermine its lead role in health research.”
Jan van der Meulen, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
“Tackling shared problems such as infectious diseases or air pollution will be harder outside the EU. But most serious will be the impact on UK medical research of being cut off from EU science funding and collaboration.”
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, MA, BM,BCh, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych. FMedSci
Chair of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London
“In a globalised world, we need the EU to defend health and health care workers. The EU has been our population’s best protection from the health-damaging effects of the global tobacco, food, drinks, motoring and polluting industries. More importantly, the elements of its social chapter that protect workers’ rights and set standards for maternity/paternity leave are key determinants of the health of our people. Junior doctors would have been even further enslaved to overwork if it hadn’t been for the EU working time directive that reduced their hours. ”
Dr Bobbie Jacobson OBE, Former Director, The London Health Observatory and Director of Public Health.
“Children’s health and education stands to gain most from the UK remaining in the EU”
Ruth Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, UCL Institute of Child Health, London.
“We can do so much more together as part of the EU. If I can give one simple, yet staggering example. I was I invited to be a medical expert for the European Commission on pharmaceuticals that were being (inappropriately) used in executions and the EU takes its human rights obligations seriously. Working with legislators, Pharma and NGOs, as a direct result of this work, executions in the US are now at a 30 year low as a result of the pressure from the EU. Such an effective collaboration was only possible within the EU led by NGOs and clinicians from the UK”
Dr David Nicholl, Consultant Neurologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, City Hospital, Birmingham
“As a nursing consultant I have worked on many projects co-funded by the EU in partnership with UK universities and other experts, which have helped to save lives and improve the quality of care – not only in partner countries but in the UK, where EU nurses who learned from these projects now help to fill the gaps in our nursing workforce”
Professor Jane Salvage, independent nursing consultant and visiting professor, University of Kingston and St George’s, University of London
“Comparisons across European Capital Cities (Megapoles studies) helped to make the case for action in London on such issues as teenage pregnancy and air pollution, to good effect. Staying in the EU is crucial for public health policy and research.”
Professor Sue Atkinson CBE MB BChir BSc MA FFPH, formerly Regional Director of Public Health/ Medical Director for London and Health Adviser to Mayor and Greater London Authority.
“It is important to recognise that the public health of all people within the EU is improved through the strength of collaborative research efforts and policy based on research evidence. A clear example of this is the clinical trials directive which demonstrates how British science is stronger in the EU.”
Dr Catherine Brogan MBBS FFPH Chief Executive of the Public Health Action Support Team and previous Director of Public Health in North Central London
“The EU provides a unique legal and co-operation platform to protect and improve public health and wellbeing within communities and across borders: the worst thing we could do for good health would be to wreck what we have helped to build.”
Clive Needle, Director, Policy & Advocacy, EuroHealthNet and former MEP for Norfolk
“It is critical that the UK remains part of the EU; it is inconceivable that we would vote for an exit, when so much cross-border cooperation goes on in the health fields.”
Rosalynde Lowe CBE, BA Nursing RGN RHV, Former Chair of Council, the Queen’s Nursing Institute
“Membership of the EU provides a huge wealth of benefits to science, and the research that underpins it. Few if any of the major health problems we face as a society respect national borders, and if we are successfully to tackle problems such as obesity and physical inactivity we need to collaborate with our neighbours in Europe, and others, to identify effective methods for improving health. This generates economies of scale and leads to greater impact and effectiveness. It is essential that we remain within the EU and continue to work with our European colleagues to maximise these benefits.”
Dr Harry Rutter MA MB BChir MSc PGDipLATHE FFPH FRCPEdin, Research Fellow Senior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) & Adjunct Professor / Public Health Physician University College Cork
” ‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less’ ”
Humphrey Hodgson, DM FRCP FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Medicine UCL
“We live in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world, and maintaining ourselves as a strong voice within the European Union is more important now than ever. To leave it would seem arrogant and would leave us and the union the poorer.”
Shirley Victoria Hodgson, Emeritus Professor of cancer genetics at St. Georges, University of London, consultant in cancer genetics, Leicester.
“Brexit has some superficial attractions and perhaps even benefits. But anything but the most cursory look at the evidence will show that the advantages to staying in the EU significantly outweigh those for exit. In the context of public health and of biomedical research, the evidence for staying is overwhelming, and there can be no case but to remain.”
Dr Ron Zimmern MA, FRCP, FFPHM, Chairman, Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, Former DPH Cambridge HA
“The health of UK citizens is improved when we collaborate strongly with other EU countries in public health research and action. This collaboration is greatly facilitated by EU institutions.”
Professor Sir Richard Feachem KBE, former Founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and Under Secretary of the United Nations.
“The benefits to the health of the UK population from our EU membership are immense, from tackling air pollution and the tobacco industry to funding a large portion of our top quality research. Those wanting us to leave the EU haven’t explained (perhaps don’t understand?) that to tradewith EU countries or continue with EU funding for research, we would need to conform to most EU policies, including immigration, but without any chance to influence these policies. Staying in is a no-brainer!”
Dr Jennifer Mindell, Reader in Public Health, Health and Social Surveys Research Group, Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
“Democracy needs to be built from the bottom up and strengthened at the country level; but the need for solidarity and better policy integration across national borders (at both the European and global level) is just as obvious. We are better in than out of Europe.”
Dr David McCoy, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London & Director of Medact
Fiona Sim OBE, MRCGP, FFPH, FRCP, chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and Joint Editor in Chief, ‘Public Health’
Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, Formerly Chairman of The King’s Fund and the UCL Partners academic health science network
Professor Sir Muir Gray CBE, Director of the National Knowledge Service and Chief Knowledge Officer, NHS
Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, former President of the BMA and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, currently President of the College of Occupational Therapists
Sir Julian Le Grand, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics.
Dr Nick Hopkinson, Clinical Senior Lecturer/ Honorary Consultant in Thoracic Medicine, Imperial College
Professor Rod J Hay, DM, FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci, former Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queens University, Belfast.
Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool.
Rosalind Raine, Professor of Health Care Evaluation. Head of Department of Applied Health Research, UCL. Director, NIHR CLAHRC North Thames
Raj S Bhopal, Professor of Public Health, Edinburgh Migration, Ethnicity and Health Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh.
Sir Iain Chalmers, coordinator, James Lind Initiative
Christine Hancock, Founder and Director, C3 Collaborating for Health
Prof John S Yudkin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCL
David A Wood, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. World Heart Federation President Elect 2015-16
Dr Julia Philippou, Lecturer, Department of Adult Nursing, King’s College London
Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Dr Michel P Coleman BA BM BCh MSc FFPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Vital Statistics, Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group, Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Professor John Middleton, public health physician
Lord Bernard Ribeiro, CBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2005 -2008.