NHS faces Brexit bombshell

National Health Service could face a bill of almost £500 million if retired Britons return home

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THE NHS could face a bill of almost £500 million if the right to healthcare of retired British people currently living in other EU countries is withdrawn and they return to the UK, according to a new briefing by the Nuffield Trust on the impact of Brexit on the NHS and social care.

It claims this figure could be substantially higher if the NHS has to pay to replace staff if EU migration is reduced, or if it faces a rise in the cost of medicines.

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