In response to Lib Dem questioning about special funding available to prop up Government departments in the case of No-Deal, the Government are keeping schtum.
They are refusing, amongst other requests, to reveal how much extra funding is being allocated to keep the National Health Service running in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. Of the 18 Government departments questioned on their No-Deal spending, only the Department of Transport could provide a specific figure.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"St Helier is a fantastic local hospital with a hardworking staff, but it needs our help. It is shocking and appalling that the Government cannot confirm how much assistance will be available to hospitals like St Helier in the case of No-Deal. It is time for the Government to step up and demonstrate how it will support patients, hospital services and the UK as a whole if we crash out of the EU.
"This is why we need a People’s Vote with an option to stay in the EU— to give the people a voice, to protect citizens and to save our NHS and hospitals like St Helier from the turmoil that would result from a No-Deal Brexit."
The Department of Health and Social Care has been allocated £71 million by the Treasury to prepare for Brexit, yet it was “unable to provide a breakdown of the amount of funding allocated to ‘no deal’ preparations specifically.” The lackluster response provides no certainty to hospitals like St Helier about extra help they may receive if No-Deal becomes a reality.
In addition to the lack of NHS funding, a No-Deal Brexit could leave the UK without access to medical supplies, which would lead to the stockpiling of medicines and equipment by patients and providers. This can be very dangerous for medications with short shelf lives or that require refrigeration.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has provided tireless support for St Helier over more than 20 years. He is currently campaigning to get £400 million in funding from the Government and raising St Helier in Parliament and with Ministers.