Pontefract Hospital could be severely affected if Brexit goes ahead. The loss of EU staff could leave our 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 13,000 NHS EU staff working in Yorkshire and Humberside, including in hospitals like Pontefract Hospital. 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 Will Sapwell, told Best for Britain: "As a cardiology doctor in Yorkshire, I'm really worried about losing access to a scan I need to help patients with heart disease and angina because we depend on EURATOM [an organisation that Theresa May has said the UK is leaving post Brexit].”
NHS record staff shortage
The NHS trust which looks after Pontefract Hospital, as well as two others, recently said that staffing pressures meant that some of the services at all its hospitals were "not of an acceptable standard" and 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. 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 Pontefract 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 Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett to back this.