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‘Public have a right to know Brexit impact on health’ - Sheehan

15 October, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

The public have a right to know the full extent that Brexit is likely to have on the health and social care system here, Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said.

The West Belfast MLA was commenting after he and party colleague Colm Gildernew MLA met with Health department officials at Stormont today.

“The Department of Health has responsibility for scenario planning in the event of Brexit and we were told at a meeting earlier this year that plans were due to be published in June and a dedicated website established,” Pat Sheehan commented.

“After further delay, today it appears, there is no intention at all to publish scenario plans dealing with the impact of Brexit on health.

“The public have a right to know this information yet it seems that the Civil Service has decided to restrict the flow of information regarding the impact Brexit will have on health and social care in the north.”

Colm Gildernew added: “We have not been reassured in any way that the Department are taking appropriate steps to deal with the many issues arising from Brexit, particularly in a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

“There are huge numbers of workers crossing the border on a daily basis to provide healthcare services in a situation where there are already shortages and vacancies. We have advised the Department that we will be submitting a number of questions and asking for a follow up meeting to explore some of these issues in more detail over the coming weeks.”

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