Brexit and the NHS – ongoing effects

“We need to focus on the physical, mental and environmental wellbeing of our citizens.”

“We don’t just believe in independence for Scotland – we believe in independence for everybody. And independence for our older citizens, because that’s what gives people quality of life. To be able to lead their life to the best of their ability and to the best of the quality of life that can be delivered them.”

This is a video, recorded on Friday 13th September 2019, of Dr Philippa Whitford, MP and eminent breast cancer surgeon, sharing her concerns for the future of our NHS and the wellbeing of those who live in Scotland following Brexit. Many of Philippa’s concerns have come to pass, such as loss of Scottish Parliament powers; others are likley to follow as the ‘disaster capitalists’ determine to cut red tape and line their own pockets.

“The biggest driver of ill health is poverty. And I’m sorry but the biggest driver of poverty is the policies that come out of Westminster.”

The video was recorded in front of a live audience at Arran High School Theatre, and is as relevant now in most areas as it was when recorded twenty months ago. And although the widely sought after American trade deal has at present faded into the background, a trade deal with Australia, with many similar problems such as hormone fed meat, is now to the fore. Such a trade deal could decimate Scottish farming and rural communities.

“Don’t fret about the ‘when…when the date is. When you’re talking to people it’s not about the ‘when’ it’s about the ‘why’. And that’s the conversations you have to have with people.”

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