Leslie – New report shows Government must put NHS first in Brexit negotiations

Brexit could be “potentially catastrophic” for the National Health Service, health professionals from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine warn today. 

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“When senior health professionals are warning that Brexit has the potential to be ‘catastrophic’ for our NHS, the Government should sit up and take notice.

“Those who campaigned to leave the EU promised that it would boost the National Health Service, but the reality is that a hard Brexit could break it instead.

“Instead of £350 million a week, health spending faces cuts as Brexit increases the black hole in the public finances. The number of EU nationals coming here to work as nurses has fallen by 96% since the referendum, and we have no clarity on vital science and research funding.

“It’s time the Government put the NHS first in their Brexit negotiations, instead of pursuing a hard Brexit that will leave doctors, nurses and patients worse off.” 

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