Hospital Theresa May chose to launch NHS plan was built with £50 of EU financing
The hospital Theresa May chose to launch her long-term plan for the NHS was built using £50 million of EU financing.
Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital received £56 million in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the hospital’s reconstruction in 2013.
Funding from the EIB will be cut off when Britain leaves the EU in March.
Overall, 18 hospitals across the UK have been built using financing from the EIB, with loans totalling £2.9 billion since the first hospital was financed in 2003.
And over the past ten years, the UK health sector has received more than £1 billion in EIB loans, to build hospitals, drive innovation and help SMEs develop cures.
During her press conference at Alder Hay today, Mrs May repeated the claim that the Government will be able to pump more money into the NHS after Brexit, because Britain will send less money to the EU.
Challenged over whether this was misleading, because Government forecasts predicted the economy will be smaller due to our departure from the EU, the PM insisted it was not.
She said: “No, first of all, on that claim, it’s very simple. We currently send significant sums of money to the EU every single year. In future that money will be available for us to spend on our priorities.
“And clearly, as I’ve set out, the NHS is our key spending priority.”
Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said: “It is beyond parody that the Prime Minister has the audacity to claim that Brexit benefits our NHS, standing in a hospital that was built using over £50 million of financing available to the UK because of our EU membership. Access to this funding is vital.
"NHS trusts across the country rely on European investment in order to build the health facilities we need. The Government willingly cutting off access to this – especially with absolutely no plan for how to replicate it – amounts to a dereliction of duty.
"This is further proof that Brexit means less money for our NHS, not more. The fibs people were told during the referendum in 2016 are proven wrong every day. This is why we need a People’s Vote.”
Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury confirmed in November that Britain will no longer be a member of the EIB after Brexit.
He told MPs on the EU Financial Affairs Sub Committee: "We will not be able to be a member of the EIB after exit date, because we will not be a member state."
And Tory MP Ben Gummer, a former Cabinet Office minister and author of the 2017 Tory manifesto, tweeted as the Prime Minister spoke to say there there is "no Brexit dividend"
He said: "To be absolutely clear, there is no Brexit dividend.
"Government receipts will be lower than had we stayed in the EU (they already are…) and we can choose to spend them in a different way. But that is not a dividend."
Alder Hey is also heavily reliant on EU migrants for staff.
Research released by Best for Britain and Tech For UK reveals that 114 doctors, nurses, health visitors at the hospital are EU nationals, with 13% of the hospital’s doctors coming from the EU.
Labour MP Alison McGovern said: "As May parades her NHS 10-year plan at Alder Hey hospital, our health service is facing the greatest threat to its existence. World-class children’s hospitals like Alder Hey are held together by the dedication and expertise of EU staff, who we cannot afford to lose due to Brexit.
"Nobody voted for Brexit to harm the NHS, but we’re now seeing an exodus of EU staff, the drying up of drug supplies, and less funding for an already struggling NHS.
"Our health service is at its most fragile right now, and so we cannot let a harmful Brexit cause more pain than it already has. That’s why the public need the final say over Brexit, with the option to compare the benefits of current arrangement with the EU to the miserable deal being offered by this government."
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