Report published on Brexit impact on health and social care in Scotland
Scottish Government's Health and Sport Committee have published a report examining the potential impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in Scotland.
Much of Scotland’s health and social care system is intertwined with areas of EU regulation and without EU workers the NHS and social care services would be placed under extreme pressure.
Those are among the conclusions from a special inquiry recently undertaken by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.
After holding oral evidence sessions and reviewing 43 written responses, including one from the ALLIANCE, the panel of MSPs set out the following findings:
- Concerns the withdrawal from EURATOM could result in delays to the UK receiving medical isotopes used in the treatment of cancer and as a result, delays in treatment.
- Concerns about the implications on research in Scotland post-Brexit, including the loss of future funding and the possible loss of Scotland’s position at the forefront of research and innovation.
- UK wide common frameworks must exist in areas such as blood safety, data protection and organs and tissue. It is in no-one’s interests for these to diverge in Scotland. These should mirror those of the EU as closely as possible.
- Parliament must have a role in scrutinising proposed common frameworks to safeguard the interests of patients, staff and stakeholders.
- The Scottish Government must continue to involve stakeholders in its decision-making processes.
- Public health powers must continue to be devolved to Scotland and not retained at UK level to ensure Scotland can continue to take decisions in the best interests of the country.
- Although immigration policy is largely outwith the Scottish Parliament’s competence, post Brexit immigration law may impact on staffing in the NHS and social care in Scotland. A majority of the Committee also took the view that powers should be devolved to allow any shortages in skills in medical workforce to be addressed.