Monday 25 February 2019 / 11:30 PM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Lancet report on Brexit and the NHS – Ashworth responds

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Lancet’s report on Brexit and the NHS, said:


“The Lancet devastatingly reveals the dangers to the NHS of a no deal Brexit.

“From delays in accessing lifesaving drugs, to the desperate staffing implications that our already understaffed and overstretched NHS faces, this report makes crystal clear the sheer irresponsibility of refusing to rule out no deal. Theresa May’s stance is bewildering when her own Health Secretary talks of prioritising medicine over food, and has forced through legislation that will see ministers overruling GP prescriptions and patients denied the medicine their practitioner judges they need.

“Labour has attempted to prevent this Serious Shortage Protocol and welcomes the judicial review proceedings likely to be launched. For the sake of patients and the NHS Theresa May must now act in the national interest and say no to no deal.”