New date expected for health and social care concerns BillType: News
Published on: 1st February 2019
A total of 100 organisations across the UK, including Camphill Scotland, the ALLIANCE (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) and SCVO are now supporting Brendan O’Hara MP’s private member’s bill, the European Union Withdrawal (Evaluation of Effects on Health and Social Care Sectors) Bill.
Given the current uncertainty on issues around Brexit in the House of Commons, it is likely that the Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons will now take place in March.
Please support the Bill
Camphill Scotland and our partners are calling on more organisations to support the Bill by adding their name to the list of supporters in the briefing paper in support of the Bill. Organisations and individuals wishing to support the Bill should write to their local MP, and/or MPs they have connections with, using the attached template letter calling on the MP/MPs to support the Bill.
- Ask your organisation to sign up in support of the Bill, and help us to secure 100 supporters by 25 January. Contact Robert McGeachy, Policy and Engagement Manager to add your organisation’s support.
- Write to your local MP to request that they support the Bill. You may wish to adapt this letter template (in support of Camphill) adapt this more general letter template.
Background to the Bill
Brendan O’Hara MP’s private member’s bill was introduced on behalf of Camphill Scotland, the ALLIANCE (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland), SCVO and our partners across the UK totalling 99 organisations.
The private member’s bill was referenced recently in an article in the Sunday Post
The Bill is not about whether or not Brexit is a good or a bad thing. It would require the UK Government to make arrangements for an independent evaluation of the impact of the Act and Brexit upon the health and social care sector across the 4 Nations to be made after consulting the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and the relevant Northern Ireland department, service providers, those requiring health and social care services, and others.
We believe the Bill is necessary to determine the full impact of Brexit upon the health and social care sector across the 4 Nations, including the care and support for children and young people, for people with disabilities, with long term conditions and with other support needs. This, in turn, will help to ensure that the strategic planning and decision making of Governments, local authorities, the third sector, unions, the health and social care sector and other key agencies across the UK, in relation to the impact of Brexit on the health and social care sector in their respective nations, is fully informed and shaped by robust evidence.
Organisations wishing further information should contact Robert McGeachy, Policy and Engagement Manager.