This paper provides a brief reflection on the impact that leaving the European Union may have on healthcare and public health in the United Kingdom with particular focus on Scotland.

The UK Government Department for Health has issued a consultation with the intention to give protection from discrimination to an NHS applicant who has previously made, or appears to have made, a protected disclosure under the Employment Rights Act 1996.


The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued a consultation on plans to establish a UK-wide Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA). This would create a single, objective demonstration that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK can meet a common threshold for safe practice.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the draft guidance on Healthcare in Schools in Scotland. The guidance will support health boards and schools in the delivery of healthcare support to pupils who need support as a result of a healthcare need.

This consultation seeks views on increasing the number of deceased organ donation and tissue donors in Scotland.  The consultation looks at two ways of potentially increasing organ and tissue donors – by seeking to increase numbers of referrals and by seeking to increase the number of times a donation is authorised to proceed.

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee agreed, as part of its budget scrutiny, to examine Integration Authorities’ (IAs) approach to engagement with stakeholders and whether or not IAs are doing enough to involve patients, carers, the third sector and other stakeholders over the design and future of health and social care in their local area.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has issued a consultation on their revised guidance on confidentiality. The HCPC produce this guidance to provide advice for registrants about some of the issues relating to how they handle and share information about service users.

The Law Commission are reviewing the law relating to surrogacy in their 13th Programme consultation.

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee recently wrote to the Society to ascertain whether defence solicitors consider that they have the information and training they need to recognise when brain injury may be present in clients they represent.

The Health and Care Professions Council are seeking views on draft revised guidance on returning to practice.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are moving to a fitness to practise model of regulation and are consulting on changes to the rules and guidance on sanctions. The rules also contain changes that will streamline and improve processes and the way they run hearings.

The Scottish Government are consulting on proposals for a no-blame redress scheme for Scotland which will ensure that any patient harmed as a result of poor clinical treatment has access to redress in the form of compensation, where appropriate, without the need to go through lengthy Court processes.

In response to the ‘Freedom to Speak Up Review’ the Scottish Government has made a commitment to develop and establish the role of an Independent National Whistleblowing Officer to provide an independent and external level of review on the handling of whistleblowing cases in NHS Scotland.

The General Medical Council is holding a public consultation on a revised draft of their guidance for doctors on confidentiality.

Following from evidence provided to the Justice Committee in Holyrood, there was recognition of a need to better understand the health needs and services required by people with brain injury who are involved in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). In October 2014, the Cabinet Secretary tasked the National Prison Healthcare Network (NPHN) to instigate a work stream to produce this report.