Stur­geon urges UK Gov­ern­ment to ‘come clean’ on Brexit’s cost to NHS

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

NICOLA Stur­geon has called on the UK Gov­ern­ment to “come clean” on how much Brexit will cost the NHS.

The First Min­is­ter claimed mil­lions of pounds could be lost in fund­ing for re­search tri­als af­ter leav­ing the EU. She pointed to other dan­gers, such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies be­ing told to stock­pile medicine in prepa­ra­tion for a no-deal sce­nario.

Speak­ing ahead of her speech at the Na­tional Can­cer Re­search In­sti­tute Con­fer­ence, the First Min­is­ter said: “Far from the £350 mil­lion ex­tra a week promised to the NHS from Brexit, there is grow­ing ev­i­dence of mount­ing costs. 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.

“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.

“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.”

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