Drug short­ages will lead to very se­ri­ous is­sues

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ NONE of us will die from a short­age of fresh toma­toes in the event of a nodeal Brexit - but a short­age of pre­scrip­tion drugs is more wor­ry­ing.

Al­ready, some pre­scrip­tion drugs are in short su­plly, par­tic­u­larly those for se­ri­ous psy­chi­atric dis­porders such as schizophre­nia and bipo­lar dis­or­der.

For many years, we ran a self-help group for those with bi-pi­lar dis­or­ders. Oc­ca­sion­ally, a suf­ferer would stop their med­i­ca­tion with dis­as­trous re­sults.

If a suf­ferer sud­denly stops anti-psy­chotic drugs they are vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed to have a se­ri­ous re­lapse.

Suf­fer­ers would ar­rive at our door in the early hours of the morn­ing in a state of se­vere psy­chosis. This was fright­en­ing.

They would go wan­der­ing around the town, a dan­ger to them­selves and oth­ers, un­til some­one called the po­lice and they would be hauled off to hos­pi­tal.

How would the emer­gency ser­vices and the NHS cope if makny pa­tients ran out of med­i­ca­tion at the same time due to a no-deal Brexit?

The part­ner of Michael Gove, Sarah Vine, wrote an ar­ti­cle for a tabloid news­pa­per de­scrib­ing the near break­down she kept suf­fer­ing ev­ery time she tried to stop her anti-de­pres­sants.

I would be­lieve that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, that she would still be able to get her anti-de­pres­sants. The rest of us might not be so lucky. I watched an an­gry neu­rol­o­gist on the tele­vi­sion re­cently say­ing he be­lieve sa no-deal Brexit will put many pa­tients at risk.

Politi­cians on the far right find the sick, dis­abled and el­derly to be anui­sance, a drain on the tax­payer.

They would not be too dis­ap­pointed if some of us would shuf­fle off this mor­tal coil.

Matt Han­cock, the Health Min­is­ter, has al­ready ad­mit­ted to stock-pil­ing body bags for the ex­pected in­crease in mor­tal­ity rates in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

What will hap­pen then the first child dies of an avoid­able asthma at­tack?

What will be said when the first child’s chemo­ther­apy treat­ment is can­celled due to a lack of med­i­ca­tion?

Would you sup­port a no-deal Brexit if it meant sac­ri­fic­ing your child’s life?

Those of us with med­i­cal prob­lems are ter­ri­fied.

A no-deal Brexit is im­moral and we are not be­ing told the truth about the con­se­quences of this.

Boris John­son said that some­times his words have brought down some plas­ter from the ceil­ing.

Let’s hope that this time he hasn’t brought down the whole ceil­ing. J Ward Chel­tenham

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