Supporting statements


“Our EU membership has brought many health benefits, not least the right to go abroad for treatment and have the bill paid by the UK, which is the essence of the Cross-Border Health directive, which I piloted through the European Parliament.”
John Bowis, former MP, UK Health Minister and MEP.

“Free movement within the EU has enabled UK general practitioners to work with, research with, and learn from primary care colleagues across Europe”
Iona Heath CBE, former President of the Royal College of General Practitioners.


“Membership of the EU gives our universities access to research collaborations in health care and research funds that would might not otherwise be available, and which we are disproportionately successful at winning. The results of many of these partnerships and research grants have the desired ripple effect on health care outcomes in the UK”
Professor Hugh P. McKenna CBE, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN. Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Ulster University.

“My research on epidemiology of ageing benefited enormously from EU research funding for collaborations bring together scientists from all over Europe. More recently, EU funding as played a major role for biomedical and epidemiological sciences straddling India and Europe.”
Shah Ebrahim, co-editor of International Journal of Epidemiology and honorary professor of public health LSHTM and University of Bristol.


“I am simply appalled by the prospect of living in an offshore banana republic. The astonishing stupidity of the exit enthusiasts appals me. How can it possibly be true that the EU, apparently full of folk determined to snaffle our sovereignty and take all our money will somehow suddenly give us favourable trading terms because we have left. “
Prof Rod Griffiths, CBE BSc MB ChB MA FFPH FRCP

“Many of the most important factors affecting the health of local populations in the UK- such as air pollution -can only be effectively influenced above the national level- through European and global agreements. The health of future generations in the towns and cities of the UK will be dependent on a strong coordinated health voice in European policy making. For this reason I will vote to stay in the EU.”
Dominic Harrison Honorary Professor University of Central Lancashire and Director of Public Health Blackburn With Darwen


“The beneficial social and environmental legislation, which no UK ruling party is likely to have put in place without EU prompting, and the capacity, willingness of the EU to confront the abuse of corporate power … outweigh for me the disadvantages of huge remote organisations, with the obstacles these present for participatory democracy.”
Dr Robin Stott, retired physician with a lifelong commitment to creating socially economically and environmentally fairer societies as an essential platform for the public health.

“Who can in all honesty really maintain that, except for a small subset of them, the determinants of health of the British people can be addressed entirely within the shores of the UK?”
Dr Christopher A Birt, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool


“In a globalised world, we need the EU to defend health and health care workers. The EU has been our population’s best protection from the health-damaging effects of the global tobacco, food, drinks, motoring and polluting industries. More importantly, the elements of its social chapter that protect workers’ rights and set standards for maternity/paternity leave are key determinants of the health of our people. Junior doctors would have been even further enslaved to overwork if it hadn’t been for the EU working time directive that reduced their hours. ”
Dr Bobbie Jacobson OBE, Former Director, The London Health Observatory and Director of Public Health.

“Britain leaving the EU will undermine its lead role in health research.”
Jan van der Meulen, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


“Children’s health and education stands to gain most from the UK remaining in the EU”
Ruth Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, UCL Institute of Child Health, London

“We can do so much more together as part of the EU. If I can give one simple, yet staggering example. I was I invited to be a medical expert for the European Commission on pharmaceuticals that were being (inappropriately) used in executions and the EU takes its human rights obligations seriously. Working with legislators, Pharma and NGOs, as a direct result of this work, executions in the US are now at a 30 year low as a result of the pressure from the EU. Such an effective collaboration was only possible within the EU led by NGOs and clinicians from the UK”
Dr David Nicholl, Consultant Neurologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, City Hospital, Birmingham


“Comparisons across European Capital Cities (Megapoles studies) helped to make the case for action in London on such issues as teenage pregnancy and air pollution, to good effect. Staying in the EU is crucial for public health policy and research.”
Professor Sue Atkinson CBE MB BChir BSc MA FFPH, formerly Regional Director of Public Health/ Medical Director for London and Health Adviser to Mayor and Greater London Authority.

“It is important to recognise that the public health of all people within the EU is improved through the strength of collaborative research efforts and policy based on research evidence. A clear example of this is the clinical trials directive which demonstrates how British science is stronger in the EU.”
Dr Catherine Brogan MBBS FFPH Chief Executive of the Public Health Action Support Team and previous Director of Public Health in North Central London


“Membership of the EU provides a huge wealth of benefits to science, and the research that underpins it. Few if any of the major health problems we face as a society respect national borders, and if we are successfully to tackle problems such as obesity and physical inactivity we need to collaborate with our neighbours in Europe, and others, to identify effective methods for improving health. This generates economies of scale and leads to greater impact and effectiveness. It is essential that we remain within the EU and continue to work with our European colleagues to maximise these benefits.”
Dr Harry Rutter MA MB BChir MSc PGDipLATHE FFPH FRCPEdin, Research Fellow Senior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) & Adjunct Professor / Public Health Physician University College Cork


”No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less”
Humphrey Hodgson, DM FRCP FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Medicine UCL


“We live in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world, and maintaining ourselves as a strong voice within the European Union is more important now than ever. To leave it would seem arrogant and would leave us and the union the poorer.”
Shirley Victoria Hodgson, Emeritus Professor of cancer genetics at St. Georges, University of London, consultant in cancer genetics, Leicester.

“Brexit has some superficial attractions and perhaps even benefits. But anything but the most cursory look at the evidence will show that the advantages to staying in the EU significantly outweigh those for exit. In the context of public health and of biomedical research, the evidence for staying is overwhelming, and there can be no case but to remain.”
Dr Ron Zimmern MA, FRCP, FFPHM, Chairman, Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, Former DPH Cambridge HA


“The benefits to the health of the UK population from our EU membership are immense, from tackling air pollution and the tobacco industry to funding a large portion of our top quality research. Those wanting us to leave the EU haven’t explained (perhaps don’t understand?) that to tradewith EU countries or continue with EU funding for research, we would need to conform to most EU policies, including immigration, but without any chance to influence these policies. Staying in is a no-brainer!”
Dr Jennifer Mindell, Reader in Public Health, Health and Social Surveys Research Group, Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL



Other supporters

Fiona Sim OBE, MRCGP, FFPH, FRCP, chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and Joint Editor in Chief, ‘Public Health’

Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, Formerly Chairman of The King’s Fund and the UCL Partners academic health science network

Professor Sir Muir Gray CBE, Director of the National Knowledge Service and Chief Knowledge Officer, NHS

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, former President of the BMA and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, currently President of the College of Occupational Therapists

Sir Julian Le Grand, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics.

Dr Nick Hopkinson, Clinical Senior Lecturer/ Honorary Consultant in Thoracic Medicine, Imperial College

Professor Rod J Hay, DM, FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci, former Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queens University, Belfast.

Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool.

Rosalind Raine, Professor of Health Care Evaluation. Head of Department of Applied Health Research, UCL. Director, NIHR CLAHRC North Thames

Raj S Bhopal, Professor of Public Health, Edinburgh Migration, Ethnicity and Health Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

Sir Iain Chalmers, coordinator, James Lind Initiative

Christine Hancock, Founder and Director, C3 Collaborating for Health

Prof John S Yudkin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCL

David A Wood, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. World Heart Federation President Elect 2015-16

Dr Julia Philippou, Lecturer, Department of Adult Nursing, King’s College London

Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton

Dr Michel P Coleman BA BM BCh MSc FFPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Vital Statistics, Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group, Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Professor John Middleton, public health physician

Lord Bernard Ribeiro, CBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2005 -2008.