(NB: For the latest on Brexit and how it may affect kidney patients - see our Brexit campaign page)
As part of the negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the question arises of if and how citizens of the UK will be able to access medical care whilst in European countries. Currently as EU members, we are advised to carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) whilst travelling in Europe. This entitles us to health care free of charge.
For people who have kidney failure who need dialysis, the EHIC system is essential to allow them to travel in Europe and we are therefore eager to gain a clear picture of what is being done to secure this system after Brexit takes place and the UK leaves the EU.
We need your help
To do this, we need your help to ensure that MPs are aware of the matter and recognise that it concerns a significant group of people. The more people who are prepared to write to their MP to raise this point, the more likely they are to raise it in turn; which will help keep EHIC on the agenda.
Please write a letter to your MPs covering your region in the United Kingdom to ask them to make sure EHIC is an integral part of negotiations. And please ask you family and friends to do the same.
Writing to your MPs
Although the United Kingdom has given notice of its intention to leave the EU, we continue to be a member until Brexit actually takes place.
I have drafted an outline letter for you to use containing the main points. But I would really like to encourage you to explain in your own words what it would mean to you if the EHIC system were lost and you were unable to receive dialysis free of charge when you travelled to Europe. Your personal views will allow MPs to understand why this is so important.
Please either post your letter to the home addresses of the MEPs or send it as an attachment to their email addresses.
Please don’t forget to send me a copy at Fiona Loud, Policy Director at Kidney Care UK, 3 The Windmills, St Mary’s Close, Turk Street, Alton GU34 1EF
Or email: [email protected]
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