Wigan Infirmary could be severely affected if Brexit goes ahead. The loss of EU staff could leave Makerfield and Wigan'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 20,000 NHS EU staff working in the North West, including in hospitals like Wigan Infirmary (Royal Albert Edward Infirmary). Many of these doctors and nurses 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.
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.” Writing in the Wigan Evening Post, doctors and nurses recently signed a letter which said: “We see the damage Brexit is already inflicting on our treasured National Health Service” and “Brexit is costing us lives.”
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 Wigan Infirmary 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, Lisa Nandy, and Yvonne Fovargue to back this.