British government ignoring Health warnings on Brexit - Hazzard
Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has said it is deeply worrying that the British government appear tone-deaf to the repeated warnings of leading health organisations regarding the looming impact of Brexit.
He made the call after NHS providers called for urgent talks with the British government to highlight the oncoming Brexit catastrophe for the NHS.
The South Down MP said:
“Just this week we have had the extremely worrying news that British Government Minister David Lidington reportedly informed Cabinet that the normal Dover - Calais trade route could be at 12% capacity for at least 6 months after the Brexit date next March.
“This comes on the back of an extremely depressing Public Accounts Committee report on medicines earlier this year that found no evidence that the British government was adequately prepared for leaving the EU.
“With NHS providers now practically begging the British government to get their act together in relation to Brexit, it is totally unacceptable that a clear plan still does not exist to ensure patients that they will continue to have access to the medicines they need, and to mitigate the huge impact of price rises on desperately stretched public health budgets.
“Yet again these failings will be hardest felt by citizens in the north of Ireland; there is an onus on An Taoiseach to finally deliver on his commitment that no citizen in the north would be left behind."