A policy paper has been published by The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in response to the House of Lords European Union Committee report ‘Brexit: reciprocal healthcare’. In March 2018, the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee published a report calling for clarity from the government on EU reciprocal healthcare post-Brexit. Recommendations from the committee were that domestic legislation should be used to clarify the means by which all EU citizens lawfully resident in the UK at the time of Brexit will be able to continue to access essential healthcare.
Recommendations in the paper include clarifying that under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Government will treat EU citizens covered by the agreement on an equal basis with comparable UK nationals, whether they are in a job, studying or job seeking.
As well as this, the response also stated that the Government will provide certainty for citizens as a priority and that it is unlikely for any deal on citizens’ rights agreed early on to be re-opened. They’ve also agreed that it is a priority to treat healthcare as a priority in the final settlement of issues relating to the island of Ireland.