Peterlee Community Hospital could be severely affected if Brexit goes ahead. The loss of EU staff could leave Hartlepool'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,
There are over 8,000 NHS EU staffworking in the North East, including in hospitals like Peterlee Community Hospital. But 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.
Hartlepool’s Sandwell Park Hospital provides mental health and learning disability services in County Durham, the Tees Valley, York and North Yorkshire and cannot afford to lose specialist staff.
NHS record staff shortage
The Government’s ex-Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, admitted Brexit had contributed to the NHS’s record staff shortages. Based on current trends England could be short by 350,000 NHS staff by 2030. Sixty-four per cent of doctors believe the NHS will get worse after Brexit, according to a recent YouGov survey. 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 Peterlee Community 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 MPs Mike Hill and Grahame Morris to back this.