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Health committee chair defects to Remain campaign over untrue health claims

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 09 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3254
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The former GP and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston has defected to the Remain campaign in the UK referendum to leave the European Union, branding the claims about the benefits to healthcare of “Brexit” as “shameful.”

Wollaston, who chairs the House of Commons Health Committee, said that Vote Leave’s claim that Brexit would free up £350m (€450m; $510m) a week for the UK health services wasn’t true. The UK statistics watchdog and the Treasury select committee have urged Vote Leave to stop using the …

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