No-deal Brexit could lead to ‘disintegration’ of NHS, union warns

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as he meets with patients and staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, England, Monday Aug. 19, 2019. Johnson is under increasing pressure Monday to recall Parliament after leaked government documents warned of widespread problems if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a Brexit withdrawal agreement. (Peter Nicholls/Pool via AP)
No-deal could ravage the NHS, the briefing says (Picture: AP)

Leaving the EU with out a deal could have a devastating impact on the NHS, a union warned.

The British Medical Association stated winter pressures had already led to ‘unprecedented scenes’ in hospitals and GP surgical procedures and ‘the addition of another, complicating factor is certain to dramatically exacerbate that problem’.

In a briefing paper revealed in the present day, the union highlights how a break from the European Union with out an settlement on October 31 could ravage the NHS.

They stated the ‘NHS is already routinely overwhelmed by seasonal pressures’.

The briefing paper is titled ‘A health service on the brink: dangers of a ‘no deal’ ’.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, stated: ‘Cancelled operations, missed most cancers therapy targets and sufferers in corridors ready for hours on finish to be seen; current winters have seen unprecedented scenes unfold in our hospitals, GP surgical procedures and throughout the NHS, with sufferers struggling and employees underneath rising strain as sources and capability wrestle to sustain with rocketing demand.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman (Picture: BMA)
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman (Picture: BMA)
TRURO, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with patient patient Logan Rock, 1, during his visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital on August 19, 2019 in Truro, England. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Boris Johnson meets with affected person Logan Rock, 1, throughout his go to to the Royal Cornwall Hospital on August 19 (Picture: Getty)

‘Add to that chaos a no-deal Brexit, and the disintegration of the health service becomes an ever more real prospect.’

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The briefing paper additionally units out a quantity of questions the BMA thinks the Government ought to urgently reply.

These embody whether or not the Government can assure that affected person security is not going to be compromised consequently of no-deal, and if Britain does go away the bloc with out an settlement what recommendation will likely be given to medical doctors if there’s a drugs scarcity.

It comes after well being union leaders, together with the BMA, joined forces final month to challenge a robust warning {that a} no-deal Brexit could ‘devastate’ the NHS.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson inspects an ambulance during a visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, to announce the government's NHS spending pledge of 1.8 billion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 5, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Darren Staples/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson inspects an ambulance throughout a go to to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston (Picture: PA)

In a joint assertion – signed by 11 organisations together with the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, Unison, GMB, Unite and the TUC – they referred to as on the Government to take no-deal off the desk.

The officers warned that no-deal could lead to shortages of very important medicines.

Dr Nagpaul added: ‘The BMA has been clear of the danger that Brexit poses to the NHS, its staff and patients – a no-deal will severely damage our health service and the nation’s well being.

‘From disruption to important drugs provides, affected person healthcare and the loss of extremely expert medical doctors, to the potential return of a tough border in Northern Ireland, no space of well being will likely be left unscathed by a no-deal. The penalties will likely be catastrophic.

‘We understand the Government is about to begin a campaign telling the public to ‘Get Ready’ for a no deal, however with mere weeks till we probably crash out, there are nonetheless pressing questions for ministers to reply, displaying how removed from ‘ready’ the NHS actually is.

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‘What ensures may be made that radioisotopes – very important for most cancers therapy and analysis – will proceed to be imported into the directly within the occasion of no-deal?

‘What actions will the Government take to ensure that economic benefits are not given priority over the nation’s well being in a rush to safe commerce agreements?

‘Given the hazards, each doable step have to be taken to keep away from it. The public deserve the correct to make an knowledgeable alternative on leaving the EU.

‘Give them the final say on Brexit.’

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