Cross party support for Brexit impact review

Section: Engagement in EuropeType: News Item

Hundreds of MPs from across the UK are supporting plans for an independent review of Brexit’s impact on health and social care.

Two hundred and ninety four MPs voted in support of an SNP proposed amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which recommended a review of the impact of leaving the EU on the four health and social care systems operating across the United Kingdom, but the amendment was defeated by a Government majority of just twenty four.

The development comes in response to concerns from third sector organisations across the UK that changes in rules related to the EU workforce, medicines research and funding are likely to impact their work.

The organisations will now review their options, which could include tabling the amendment when the Bill reaches the House of Lords.

Dr Neil Henery, Director, Camphill Scotland, said: “‘Camphill communities depend upon the huge contribution made by European workers. The amendment was only narrowly defeated with 294 MP’s voting in favour, reflecting the vital need to ensure that future planning and decision making in the health and social care sectors is strengthened in relation to the impact of Brexit. It also received great support more widely, from 57 organisations across the UK. Camphill and our partners will, therefore, continue our campaign to secure suitable safeguards for Camphill and for the health and social care sector more generally during the Brexit process, and post-Brexit. This is vital to help shape and inform the long term future of the health and social care sectors across the UK post-Brexit”.

Andrew Strong, Assistant Director of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, said: “ALLIANCE members have raised significant concerns about the impact Brexit will have on their operations. We will consider whether there are further opportunities to highlight the impact of leaving the EU for organisations supporting people with long term conditions and ways of addressing these concerns.”