WOU NDS Risk level has al­ready been raised from“high”to “very high”...

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adding that within the last year they have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in drug short­ages but “it is not pos­si­ble to di­rectly at­trib­ut­able this to EU with­drawal”.

Within the FOI, the health board re­peat­edly high­light the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions and the pos­si­bil­ity of no deal as re­strict­ing their ef­forts to plan ahead but they say they are work­ing with the Scot­tish govern­ment to iden­tify po­ten­tial prob­lems.

It states: “The board are not see­ing any im­pacts at this time and although the risk to staffing lev­els is an­tic­i­pated, it can­not be fully quan­ti­fied as yet.

“To al­low more de­tailed plan­ning, clar­ity is re­quired on the UK po­si­tion along with Scot­tish Govern­ment guid­ance, to en­able a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how the EU with­drawal will af­fect pa­tients and staff.”

Gabe Docherty, in­terim di­rec­tor of pub­lic health at NHS La­nark­shire, said: “We have en­gaged with the Scot­tish Govern­ment re­gard­ing the im­pact of Brexit on health boards based on the ma­te­rial pro­vided by them to date.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this risk as part of our reg­u­lar up­date of the risk reg­is­ter and will con­sider ac­tion re­quired.”

Stephen Deans, Unite re g i o n a l in­dus­trial co­or­di­na­tor, said: “Mi­grant work­ers from EU states and non-eu states make a vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to our pub­lic ser­vices, in par­tic­u­lar the NHS.

“Unite have been press­ing the Scot­tish Govern­ment to en­sure that there is a strat­egy for deal­ing with po­ten­tial staffing short­falls aris­ing from Brexit across the whole econ­omy and the prepara­tory work for this must be on­go­ing now. The Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest clearly high­lights that this work is not be­ing un­der­taken for NHS La­nark­shire nor the NHS across Scot­land.

“Wor­ry­ingly, the Scot­tish Govern­ment does not have a clear idea of how many work­ers from EU states are sup­port­ing some crit­i­cal ser­vices. This de­vel­op­ment, although not sur­pris­ing, should alarm us all as the NHS is in­creas­ingly un­der fi­nan­cial and de­mo­graphic pres­sures.”

We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this risk... Gabe Docherty

Brexit fears Univer­sity Hospi­tal Wishaw

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