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Brexit will have devastating impact on health service - Anderson

22 August, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda will have devastating consequences for the health service north and south. 

Speaking at an event in Derry looking at the impact of Brexit on all-island health care alongside Louise O'Reilly TD, Martina Anderson said: 

"In recent years we have been moving towards shared services across the island and this had led to improved outcome but that could be jeopardised by Brexit. 

"Initiatives such as the North West Cancer centre and children's cardiac services show what can be achieved by increased co-operation across the island. 

"All Ireland co-operation on health is explicitly mentioned in the Good Friday Agreement and it has delivered for patients. 

"Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement commitments and has the potential to undermine the advances in all Ireland Health care.

"The British government has so far failed to detail how they will secure the all Ireland co-operation that is central to the Agreement and central to the treatment of patients.

"Any restrictions to the movement of people will impact on health care staff and we are already seeing that with the uncertainty over residency and ability to secure permanent contracts as a result of Brexit. 

"There are also serious implications for cancer care with possible restrictions on the movement of radioactive isotopes used for cancer services. 

"We can avoid all of this by securing designated special status for the north within the EU." 

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