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Leaving the EU would have negative impact on health service - McKay

5 July, 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said leaving the EU could have a hugely negative impact on the health service. 

The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said; 

"The people of the North clearly voted to remain in the EU and that should be respected. 

"While Brexit is far from a done deal, there is no doubt it has caused a great deal of uncertainty and has the potential to have a hugely negative impact on the health service. 

"Not only would the proposed reintroduction of border controls impact on trade but it could also hinder cross-border patients accessing health care on an all-Ireland basis. 

"Our health service benefits from the hard work, dedication and professionalism of workers from other countries and it would potentially become difficult to recruit such staff if we are dragged out of Europe. 

"There are also concerns around procurement issues and access to EU funding.

"The best way to avoid all these potential problems is for everyone to work collectively to ensure the democratic will of the people of the North is realised."

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