Grow­ing of ‘cat­a­strophic’ no deal

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But­tory Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Gra­ham Simpson has ac­cused op­po­si­tion politi­cians and Re­main­ers of “scare­mon­ger­ing”over Brexit.

Scot­tish Labour health spokesper­son Ms Len­non said: “There is no doubt that Brexit poses se­ri­ous risks to our NHS.

“There is still too much un­cer­tainty re­gard­ing ev­ery­thing from staffing im­pli­ca­tions to what the im­pact will be on the avail­abil­ity and cost of medicines.

“A no-deal Brexit would be cat­a­strophic for our health ser­vice, as the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion them­selves stated ear­lier this year.

“NHS La­nark­shire are right to call for more clar­ity and guid­ance from the UK and Scot­tish Govern­ment.

“Theto­ries must climb down from the cliff edge and se­cure a deal which pro­tects our coun­try – not one that ac­tively harms it.”

Ms Fabi­ani said:“with less than six months to go un­til we leave the EU, the lack of in­for­ma­tion com­ing from West­min­ster makes it re­ally dif­fi­cult to plan for the fu­ture.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment are do­ing what they can to as­sist health boards in these uncertain times.

“Of course, NHS La­nark­shire are con­cerned – they’ve warned there is a‘very high’ risk that Brexit could cause dis­rup­tion to its ser­vices, wors­en­ing staff short­ages and lim­it­ing ac­cess to spe­cial­ist medicines and doc­tors.

“NHS La­nark­shire are al­ready work­ing with the Scot­tish Govern­ment to iden­tify po­ten­tial prob­lems in our area, cov­er­ing health and so­cial care.”

MP Dr Lisa Cameron said:“it is con­cern­ing that NHS La­nark­shire do not as yet have full op­er­a­tional readi­ness for Brexit and my opin­ion is that they will re­quire to en­gage in sce­nario plan­ning as the out­come in terms of ne­go­ti­a­tions and out­come re­mains highly uncertain and there­fore wor­ry­ing for pa­tients.

“I have been work­ing on this is­sue ex­ten­sively within the health se­lect com­mit­tee who have com­pleted writ­ten in­quiry re­ports cov­er­ing medicines sup­ply, science sec­tor, re­cip­ro­cal health­care and our NHS work­force.”

Mr Simpson said:“nhs La­nark­shire are right to be look­ing to see if there are any im­pli­ca­tions for them from Brexit.

“What is clear is that there have been none so far.there has been a lot of scare­mon­ger­ing around the UK’S with­drawal from the EU and some of that has been de­lib­er­ate. Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as NHS La­nark­shire must con­stantly as­sess if there is any risk to their ser­vice.

“On the is­sue of drug sup­plies, the UK phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try sup­plies 45 mil­lion pack­ets of drugs to the EU and EEA each month. I think sug­ges­tions that the UK will be left with a drug short­age is wide of the mark.

“The NHS em­ploy many for­eign na­tion­als and they are vi­tal and wel­come.”

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