Brexit would break the NHS

Author: Charlotte Gath


"Among the very many strong and positive reasons for voting Remain and keeping the UK in the EU, one of the most compelling reasons for stopping Brexit on the domestic front is that it would mean disaster for the NHS.

We know that the NHS is already struggling with staff shortages, problems with pharmacy supplies and a drop in collaborative health research and clinical trials across Europe, and that the European Medicines Agency, which protects public and animal health, has relocated from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit.

The British Medical Association, representing all British doctors, formally agreed at its annual representative meeting in 2018 that Brexit poses a major threat to the NHS and to patients.

The BMA’s own magazine last month outlined the impact on the NHS of the fact that ‘thousands of doctors who qualified in another European country have suffered crippling uncertainty’.

The Royal College of Nursing has called on its members to support a second referendum on any final Brexit deal, warning that “a bad Brexit deal will jeopardise safe patient care”. And looking beyond into social care, inextricably linked with NHS performance, we learn this week that one of the UK’s largest providers of social care (Four Seasons Health Care) has collapsed into administration, citing Brexit and a slump in recruitment from EU countries since 2016 as a contributory cause.

For those of us arguing the case for Remain in the forthcoming European Elections, the threat posed by Brexit to the NHS is clear and we must ensure that it is recognized.

In addition, the likelihood of further austerity caused by any form of Brexit, when child poverty and food poverty have already risen over the last decade, will further negatively impact on people’s health.

We are already seeing evidence that after years of increasing life expectancy in the UK, it began to fall again from 2014-19, many believe as a direct result of austerity and cuts to health and social care.

During the EU election campaigns we must remind voters of the risks posed by Brexit and underline that in order to save our NHS and improve people’s health, we must vote to Remain"

 

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Charlotte Gath

About the Author

Charlotte Gath

I have lived and worked in Warwickshire at the southern end of the West Midlands for the past seventeen years.

I worked as a GP in Rugby for nearly ten years, as a tutor at Warwick Medical School and latterly as a Consultant in Public Health for Warwickshire County Council for four years.

I took early retirement in 2017 to care for my mother who has dementia. Sadly she got worse more quickly than expected and moved into a specialist care home last year.

I feel passionately that the UK should remain in the EU both personally - half my family are Polish and we have strong Italian connections - but more importantly professionally, because I know that any version of Brexit would further damage the NHS, already struggling with staff shortages, problems with pharmacy supplies and loss of international co-operation on research and disease control since all the Brexit uncertainty began. 

People would also be poorer after Brexit, and having seen food poverty at first hand I know this would also harm people’s health. I am standing for Change UK/The Independent Group because we must fight for a People’s Vote, fight to remain in the EU and thereby protect our NHS.

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Charlotte Gath

About the Author

Charlotte Gath

I have lived and worked in Warwickshire at the southern end of the West Midlands for the past seventeen years.

I worked as a GP in Rugby for nearly ten years, as a tutor at Warwick Medical School and latterly as a Consultant in Public Health for Warwickshire County Council for four years.

I took early retirement in 2017 to care for my mother who has dementia. Sadly she got worse more quickly than expected and moved into a specialist care home last year.

I feel passionately that the UK should remain in the EU both personally - half my family are Polish and we have strong Italian connections - but more importantly professionally, because I know that any version of Brexit would further damage the NHS, already struggling with staff shortages, problems with pharmacy supplies and loss of international co-operation on research and disease control since all the Brexit uncertainty began. 

People would also be poorer after Brexit, and having seen food poverty at first hand I know this would also harm people’s health. I am standing for Change UK/The Independent Group because we must fight for a People’s Vote, fight to remain in the EU and thereby protect our NHS.

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