Brexit poses threat to all Ireland healthcare - Brady
Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady has said Brexit poses threats to healthcare on the island of Ireland in terms of both delivery and future research and innovation.
The Newry Armagh Westminster candidate said:
"In recent years the delivery of healthcare has become more integrated with north south models in fields including cancer care and children's cardiac services.
"The British Medical Association have recently spoken out on the importance of this arrangement continuing. As a small island, specialist services can be better delivered on an all-Ireland basis.
"Mutual recognition of professional qualifications is another factor which must be resolved in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. Many doctors and healthcare professionals work on a cross border basis and this must continue to be the case to allow for continuity in service delivery.
"Another implication is for research and development. In the north both Queen’s University and Ulster University are involved in innovative cutting-edge research in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
“Much of this is funded via EU programmes or involves collaboration with institutes in other EU countries and further afield.
"Any post-Brexit arrangement must provide for continued access to funding programmes and for the recruitment of talent. Designated special status would provide a workable solution to all of these issues."