Simon Stephens, Chief Executive of NHS England this morning confirmed that the NHS is planning for a “no deal” Brexit.
Commenting, Caroline Lucas MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“A no deal Brexit would be a catastrophe for the NHS, for everyone who relies on it and for everyone who works in it.
“It is deeply worrying that the Brexit negotiations are now in such a shambolic mess that money, staff time and other NHS resources have to be devoted to this form of disaster planning.
“Boris Johnson and Michael Gove promised us £350 million extra a week for the NHS but the reality, before we have even left the EU, is staff cuts and squeezed budgets as those who work in the health service leave and the pound's devaluation forces up costs. If Brexit actually happens then all these problems can only get much worse.
“This is why the three biggest health service unions, representing doctors, nurses and midwives across the UK, are all backing a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal. And it is why Unite, which represents 100,000 people in the health sector, is being urged to do the same at its conference this week.
“The demand for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal is growing as people see that Brexit will be a big deal for the NHS, but it's not a done deal.”