Members of the House of Lords are supporting plans for an independent review of Brexit’s impact on health and social care.
The development comes in response to concerns from organisations across the UK 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 and unpaid carers.
Fears have been reported by 65 organisations including the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Disability Wales, Camphill Scotland, Coalition of Care Providers Scotland, Genetic Alliance UK, Inclusion Scotland, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), Scottish Care and SCVO.
Lord Stephen and Baroness Jolly, Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords, have tabled an amendment to the Brexit legislation which proposes a review of the impact of leaving the EU on the four health and social care systems operating across the United Kingdom.
The amendment will be debated in the House of Lords over the coming weeks as members consider a raft of changes to the legislation which will lead to the UK leaving the European Union.
Ian Welsh, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, said: “ALLIANCE members have raised significant concerns about the impact Brexit will have on their operations after the 2019 leaving date. By supporting an independent review of its impact we hope to highlight the impact of leaving the EU for organisations supporting people with long term conditions and ways of addressing these concerns.”
Dr Neil Henery, Director, Camphill Scotland, said: “Camphill was founded in Scotland by Austrian refugees and remains very much a European and international movement. 170 (or 68%) of the 251 short-term volunteer co-workers currently living and working in Camphill communities in Scotland are from other EU countries. Without them Camphill could not continue in its present form to the great detriment of the over five hundred people with learning disabilities and other support needs who depend on us for their care, education and support.”