Since the early hours of 24 June, it has been clear that the United Kingdom is going through extraordinary times.
The 17 million ‘leave’ votes cast at the previous day’s EU referendum set in train a series of remarkable events, which have included – but are not limited to – the resignation of the Prime Minister, a plummeting pound, the loss of the UK’s triple A credit rating, a challenge to the leader of the opposition and the resignation of numerous front-line politicians.
And yet, despite the political chaos dominating the media, those investing in, advising or operating health and social care businesses in the UK find themselves in much the same place as before the referendum. The UK remains one of the world’s largest economies, and the requirement for quality health and social care provision is virtually untouched by the machinations of Westminster and Brussels.
But that is not to say Brexit will not have profound implications for the sector. Indeed, the uncertainty generated by the complexities of the coming months and years will feed into any investment decision regarding the UK market, as will the overall impact on the economy and the tax receipts health and social care relies on for funding.
So to consider the next steps for the UK, and how they are likely to impact those active in the UK’s health and social care sector, HealthInvestor magazine is hosting a breakfast briefing to debate and discuss the key issues generated by this seismic moment in the UK’s political history.