SCOTLAND’S HEALTHCARE WORKERS WARN OF BREXIT IMPACT ON NHS
A letter signed by 27 healthcare professionals in Scotland has warned of the damage that Brexit is inflicting on the NHS, adding that it is ‘costing us lives’.
The letter, published by campaign group Best for Britain, was highlighted by Nicola Sturgeon during First Minister’s Questions today.
The full letter is below.
Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South and Best for Britain supporter, said:
“The Leave campaign printed lies on the side of a bus that Brexit would result in millions of pounds for the NHS.
“The harsh reality is that Brexit is a clear and present danger for the NHS, posing a major workforce crisis with the loss of skilled migrant labour, and a funding crisis as a result of the devastating impact on public funds.
“Rather than put the health service in Scotland and across the UK at risk like this, there should be a people’s vote with the option to remain so that we can choose to rescue the NHS.”
The full letter is as follows:
As doctors nurses and healthcare professionals from the Scotland, we see the damage Brexit is already inflicting on our treasured National Health Service. Make no mistake about it. Brexit is costing us lives.
No one voted to leave the NHS overstretched and underfunded. We were promised an extra £350 million a week. But today, our NHS is facing a nightmare.
The loss of thousands of European staff has led to crippling staff shortages. EU staff make an invaluable contribution to our hospitals, helping provide the highest standard of care. So let’s be clear when we talk about EU staff leaving our hospitals. We are not just losing trusted colleagues. We are losing our friends.
The government’s Brexit deal would be terrible for Britain and for patients’ health. It would mean giving up access to nuclear isotopes for cancer treatment by leaving Euratom. And a “no deal” would be even worse. Instead of focusing on patient care, the NHS is having to stockpile medicines and even body bags. It is outrageous that the Government is still toying with a cliff-edge Brexit.
We absolutely cannot allow Brexit to cause more damage than it already has. We will make our voices heard, and to stop the Government from running our world-class NHS into the ground.
That’s why we, the undersigned, urge our MPs to stop this harmful Brexit.
Kate Towlson, Doctor from Stirling (G63 0XD)
M Todd, Doctor from Rutherglen and Hamilton West (G73 3RR)
Dr Mary Macleod Doctor from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (IV4 7HS)
Marcel Strauss, Doctor from East Renfrewshire (G46 6PP)
Colin Lang, Doctor from Stirling (FK8 2JH)
Andrew Kirkham, Doctor from Ochil and South Perthshire (FK10 1PY)
Yulia Gaidakova, Doctor from Glasgow North (G4 9DS)
Fiona Mactaggart, Doctor from Edinburgh South (EH9 3EF)
Zsolt Antal Varga, Doctor from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (IV2 4QY)
Amanda Adler, Doctor from East Dunbartonshire (G61 4PA)
Janette Astles, Nurse from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (KY2 5XY)
Lilian Lecoustre, Nurse from Moray (IV36 1QG)
Jenny Hassett, Nurse from Aberdeen North (ME13 7TB)
Matthew Micallef, Healthcare worker from Dumfries and Galloway (DG1 1HX)
Callum Gordon, Healthcare worker from Dunfermline and West Fife (KY12 7QW)
David Overton, Healthcare worker from Livingston (EH54 8JB)
Vivienne Harte, Healthcare worker from Moray (IV36 2JX)
Jamie McCabe, Healthcare worker from Glasgow Central (G42 7JG)
Joyce Stewart, Healthcare worker from Paisley and Renfrewshire South (PA10 2AZ)
Eilidh Lane, Healthcare worker from West Dunbartonshire (G60 5AP)
David Evans Healthcare worker from West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (AB39 2UL)
Tom Gardner Healthcare worker from Edinburgh North and Leith (EH6 8LQ)
Mairi Gould, Healthcare worker from Dundee East (DD1 2JA)
Aleksandra Chivell, Healthcare worker from Glasgow East (G31 4JB)
Kristine Mackenzie, Healthcare worker from Edinburgh South (EH9 1AR)
Evelyn McKillop, Healthcare worker from East Dunbartonshire (G62 7BJ)
Kirstin Unger, Healthcare worker from Edinburgh South (EH16 6AD)