Fight for independent review of post-Brexit health and social care reaches Westminster

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 25th February 2019

Charities are headed to London to call for an independent review of Brexit’s impact on health and social care.

Brendan O’Hara MP introduced a Private Member’s Bill (this link will take you away from our website) at the House of Commons in November in response to concerns raised by the third sector.

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.

So far, 101 organisations from across the UK have backed the calls for an independent assessment including the ALLIANCE. The bill has also gained cross-party support from the Liberal Democrats, Labour, the Greens and Plaid Cymru. On 26 February 2019, these organisations will meet MPs and Lords to express their concerns and encourage them to support the Private Members Bill and consider the wider impact of Brexit for the health and social care sector.

The European Union Withdrawal (Evaluation of Effects on Health and Social Care Sectors) Bill was introduced to the chamber by Mr O’Hara, the SNP MP for Argyll and Bute, who is hoping for other members to show their support for staff in the health and social care sector.

“After all this time, we still don’t know what direction Brexit will take but we do know the potential impact on the health and social care sectors.  It is absolutely essential we have an independent assessment of the impact of Brexit on this vital sector.  This has support right across the political spectrum, we can all see the potential consequences.  We need to make sure a mechanism exists to monitor it and both manage and mitigate it to prevent those most in need, feeling the harshest effects of a hard Brexit, no deal or otherwise,” Mr O’Hara said.

Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), said: “The combined impact of concerns about the impact of Brexit on health and social care has created an urgent need to evaluate the future and consider how we mitigate any unintended consequences.”

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