Call for Brexit health and social care review marches on

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 22nd March 2019

Charities forge ahead with campaign calling for an independent review of the impact of Brexit on health and social care.

The Assess and Address campaign was created in response to concerns raised by those in the third sector over the implications that Brexit will have for health and social care.

Organisations fear that potential changes in rules, as a result of Brexit, related to the EU workforce, medicines research and funding could affect the provision of support and services to disabled people, people living with long term conditions, children and young people and unpaid carers.

A debate was held in the Houses of Parliament on 19 March 2019 (this link will take you away from our website), where Members of Parliament heard in detail many of the worries held by the more than 100 organisations who have backed the campaign. Led by Brendan O’Hara MP, SNP member for Argyll and Bute, the debate heard that not a single one of the organisations who have backed the campaign feel that Brexit will be good for the health of the people in Britain.

Those who have backed the campaign include the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), Camphill Scotland., UNISON, Disability Wales, British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland and The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA).

Mr O’Hara said: “Without exception, every one of the 102 organisations that support the campaign have highlighted the enormous damage that Brexit, particularly the end of freedom of movement would do to their ability to deliver in the health and social care sector.

“With every passing day, a disastrous no-deal situation looms even heavier on the Brexit horizon and we have no answers on the impact to the health and social care sectors. There will be consequences on the sector by the actions of the UK Prime Minister for failing to heed the serious warning of so many organisations.  We owe it to the wider public to press ahead with this campaign.”

Ian Welsh, Chief Executive, the ALLIANCE, said: “People with long term conditions and unpaid carers have told us their fears about the future of health and social care after any form of Brexit, with some planning for the risk that a no deal Brexit poses. We continue to support the Assess and Address campaign with the aim to ensure an independent evaluation and mitigation of our members concerns.”

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