Burnley General Hospital - Stop the staffing drain
Burnley General Hospital could be severely affected if Brexit goes ahead. The loss of EU staff could leave Burnley's local hospitals unable to provide its current high standard of care for local people. You can help stop this disaster.
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Dear The Editor,
In Burnley, almost 1 in 10 hospital doctors at nearby hospitals like Burnley General Hospital are from the EU. Many are leaving this country already because of Brexit. If it continues, many more may leave, and without them, our hospitals would be less able to provide vital services for patients and local people would suffer.
NHS record staff shortage
Burnley General Teaching Hospital also includes the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre - a state-of-the-art building containing East Lancashire's centralised consultant-led maternity unit, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a midwife-led birth centre and a purpose-built gynaecology unit which cannot afford to lose specialist staff.
But Dr Robert Wheatley, a paediatrician at a hospital in Blackpool told Best for Britain: “Brexit would be a complete disaster for the NHS, and hospitals here in the North West would be hit hardest. “We are losing committed and experienced colleagues. One of the best children’s surgeons here is leaving because of Brexit. It’s devastating.”
The Government’s ex Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, admitted Brexit had contributed to the NHS’s record staff shortages and based on current trends England could be short by 350,000 NHS staff by 2030. We were promised an extra £350 million a week for the NHS but it is clear this was a lie.
If Brexit goes ahead it could mean Burnley General Hospital not being able to properly care for our loved ones, despite the best efforts of dedicated NHS staff. Politicians have failed to deliver on the Brexit promises they made and Theresa May’s Brexit deal neither satisfies those who voted to Remain or those who voted to Leave. We say the people should decide the way forward in a public vote. We urge our MP, Julie Cooper, to back this.