The UK Government must come clean on the economic impact Brexit will have on the UK’s health service, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The First Minister said with Brexit less than six months away, the Scottish Government is doing all it can to plan for and mitigate the expected damage Brexit will cause the Scottish NHS. Far from the £350 million extra a week promised to the NHS from Brexit, there is growing evidence of mounting costs to the NHS, she said.
“It’s now time the UK Government came clean on the scale of the cost to our health service. The Prime Minister failed to guarantee there would be no interruption in medicine supplies after Brexit. This came after UK ministers published a truncated tender, at a cost of tens of millions of pounds, associated with medicines stockpiling,” she said.
“There is no good Brexit for our health service. Even with a deal we face a loss of millions of pounds in research funding which could hit clinical trials,” according to the First Minister.
“The best way to avoid this damage to the health service is to remain in the EU. But short of that, the UK must stay in the Customs Union and Single Market - which is around eight times the size of the UK market alone - to minimise the damage of Brexit and ensure we continue to have access to the high-quality frontline and research staff we need," she said.