Niall Dickson (Photo courtesy: twitter/NHS Confederation)

European leaders have agreed with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to delay Brexit until October 31 at the latest, saving the Continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week.

Brexit Health Alliance expressed ‘relief’ on the extension, but urged to end this ‘circus of uncertainty’.

“No deal tomorrow would have been bad for patients so it is a relief that threat has gone away, for now,” Brexit Health Alliance co-chair and NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said.

He pointed out that health professionals should continue to prepare for a no-deal exit possibility and keep contingency plans in place.

“We are now in a ‘phoney war’ and the risk is complacency – the system needs to assume we could crash out and do everything we can to make sure patients are protected if that happens.”

“Like everyone else in the UK and Europe we want an end to this circus of uncertainty and we need to see the political will to bring that about,” he added.

(With inputs from AFP)