Special thanks to Camphill on Brexit BillType: News
Topic: Brexit | Policy and legislation
Published on: 20th November 2018
Brendan O’Hara MP introduced a Bill (1) calling for a full impact assessment of Brexit upon the health and social care sectors to Parliament on 14 November 2018 after Prime Minister’s Question Time. We are encouraged that a total of 49 organisations across the UK have added their support to the Bill, with more expected to follow.
Robert, Camphill Scotland’s Policy and Engagement Manager said
Nationwide support for this important assessment, which would determine the full impact of Brexit upon the health and social care sectors across the 4 Nations, is very welcome. Such an assessment is vital to help shape and inform planning and decision making in health and social care post Brexit.
We encourage organisations to sign up in support of this Bill before it is formally debated in the House of Commons at Second Reading on 25th January 2019.
Why the assessment is important
Health and social care legislation and planning directly affects the care and support provided by Camphill communities, and by many other organisations, across the UK to children and young people, to people with disabilities, and to people with long term conditions and other support needs.
A growing number of partner organisations(2) agree that this Bill is necessary to determine the full impact of Brexit upon the health and social care sectors across the 4 Nations. If MPs support the Bill, this would help to ensure that the strategic planning and decision making post-Brexit of Governments, local authorities, the third sector, unions, the health and social care sectors and other key agencies across the UK is fully informed and shaped by robust evidence.
MP thanks contributors
Following the introduction of the Bill, Brendan O’Hara on Twitter gave special thanks to the Alliance Scotland, SCVO and Camphill Scotland for our work on the Bill.
Support the Bill now!
Organisations wishing to support the Bill should contact Robert McGeachy, Policy and Engagement Manager
(1) European Union Withdrawal (Evaluation of Effects on Health and Social Care Sectors) Bill
(2) Brendan O’Hara MP introduced the Bill on behalf of Camphill Scotland, the ALLIANCE (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland), SCVO, CCPS, Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, Scottish Care and other partners totalling 49 organisations across the UK.
The Bill is based on an Amendment to the Brexit legislation previously tabled by Joanna Cherry MP, with cross-party support, which was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons, and was subsequently tabled by Lord Stephen and by Baroness Jolly for further consideration in the House of Lords.
The Bill would require the UK Government to make arrangements for an independent evaluation of the impact of the European Union (Withdrawal) 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. A copy of the independent evaluation would then be submitted to the UK Parliament.
Contact Robert for a full list of organisations who have already signed up to support this Bill.