Brendan O’Hara intends to reintroduce a bill aimed at assessing the impact of Brexit on health and social care across the UK.
Initially put forward in November 2018 the European Union Withdrawal (Evaluation of Effects on Health and Social Care) Bill (this link will take you away from our website) is to be reintroduced following the prorogation of the UK Parliament last month. The Bill has been supported by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Camphill Scotland and more than one hundred other organisations across the UK.
Speaking at an event to relaunch the bill in Glasgow on 11 October, the Argyll & Bute MP said: “There is nobody whose health will benefit from Brexit. That full independent evaluation that we are asking for has to thoroughly examine public funding, workforce challenges, the availability of medicines and the overall effect of this on the sector.”
Mike Russell MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, who also attended the event, said the bill was about evidence-based policy making and not about being against Brexit. He added: “Brexit is the most extraordinary example of being a piece of dramatic policy – probably the most dramatic change any of us will see in our lifetimes – which is being brought forward entirely evidence free.”
Lynn Williams, who is a unpaid carer for her husband, also addressed the meeting said: “I can’t ever think of a time about when I have been so scared about what will happen. I am lost for words about where we are as a country and that for people like my husband their lives are being put at risk by this lack of evidence-based policy making.”
You can read more about the event on healthandcare.scot (this link will take you away from our website).