West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has today warned that a British exit from the European Union would damage the NHS.
Jamie Reed raised the importance of NHS staff from other European countries. There are currently 55,750 EU/EEA staff working in the NHS, and 5,057 of them are working in the NHS in the North West.
This news comes as analysis published by Labour reveals that the Conservative Government would have to cut the Department of Health’s budget by up to £10.5 billion in 2019/20 to meet their promise of balancing the books by the end of the Parliament.
Conversely, prominent Brexit campaigner, Boris Johnson is on record as saying that “people [should] have to pay for the NHS”, whilst former Prime Minister John Major recently stated that “the NHS is about as safe with them [Brexit campaigners Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson] as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“I know that many people in Copeland have concerns about our membership of the EU. The best interests of our community are served by being in the EU, not outside of it.
“As NHS campaigners, we have fought to protect our health services and the WCH for years. Leaving the EU would deal a hammer blow to local services and the WCH because the national economy would be damaged so much that there would be less money available to spend on it and the recruitment of doctors and nurses would be harder, not easier.
“Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage have never protected the NHS in all their time in politics. It’s little wonder that they want us to leave.”