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Feature EU Referendum and Health

What would the NHS look like if the UK left the EU?

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3027 (Published 02 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3027

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Re: What would the NHS look like if the UK left the EU?

The £350 million per week is a gross figure, which are always quoted when talking about tax. We do not say the tax that we pay is £0 as it is all spent.

Yes we get some back but this is part of the point, Okun used the metaphor of the leaky bucket, that once taxed, money is moved around as if in a leaky bucket meaning only a small percentage gets to its intended destination. The rest is wasted in such things as administration, something the EU has plenty of. The money that we get back in EU spending would be better spent by us rather than by EU wide policies such as the Common Agricultural Policy (which is 40% of the EU budget), especially when Britain is so very different to the continent and always has been.

The main strain on the NHS is through increased demand, which would be OK if the supply could increase but it cannot as we are already massively short of doctors and nurses.

There is no non-biased evidence to suggest that there will be a post Brexit recession, only EU funded or government commissioned reports. It is far more risky to our economy to be anchored to the EU with its disastrous economics and corrupt and anti-democratic politics. It is a sinking ship on its way down.

Leaving the EU would not effect immigrants that we needed from coming in, but would actually make it easier and give equality to those from outside the EU as the article says.

That is why I am campaigning for a vote to leave the EU.

Competing interests: I am a leading campaigner for Vote Leave

03 June 2016
Gordon C Gregory
Surgical Registrar
Sheffield