Brexit al­ready hurt­ing NHS

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

IT EMERGES that rather than de­liv­er­ing the fa­bled £350m a week for our NHS – a de­bunked statis­tic which has only resur­faced thanks to Boris John­son’s crav­ing for the lime­light – Brexit has, in fact, al­ready driven away al­most 10,000 EU staff work­ing on the front­lines of our NHS.

That’s doc­tors, nurses and other staff that our un­der­funded Na­tional Health Ser­vice can­not af­ford to lose.

The statis­tics re­veal there are now 4,000 fewer nurses and 2,000 fewer doc­tors at a time when there is al­ready a 40,000 short­fall of nurses and four in 10 con­sul­tant posts re­main un­filled. Mean­while, thanks to the dis­man­tling of com­mu­nity ser­vices, one in three trainee GP posts are also empty.

There is al­ready a staffing cri­sis in our NHS.

The rea­sons be­hind it in­clude the fact that health fund­ing is at its low­est level since the 1950s, NHS staff con­tinue to see their real terms wages fall year on year and the scrap­ping of nurses bur­saries. Brexit is des­tined to make the sit­u­a­tion ten times worse.

De­spite Leave cam­paign­ers prom­ises, more than a year has passed since the ref­er­en­dum and the gov­ern­ment has failed to guar­an­tee the rights of the EU cit­i­zens and their fam­i­lies that have made the UK their home. In fact, it is ac­tively promoting a ‘hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment’ for all mi­grants that is, ad­mit­tedly, pro­duc­ing re­sults - in as much as hate crime in the UK has rock­eted.

Our NHS is pay­ing a heavy price for the Gov­ern­ment’s cam­paign to make EU cit­i­zens un­wel­come in Bri­tain. Keith Tay­lor Green Party MEP for the South East

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