Brexit and the NHS: The figures behind the claims

medications-cure-tablets-pharmacy-56612An infographic compiled by international healthcare network MEDIGO explores some of the facts and figures behind claims from both sides of the EU referendum campaign about the NHS. In this post, marketing manager Andrew Cherrie explains the motivation behind putting this together.

The National Health Service has always been used for point scoring across all sections of the political spectrum, with the level of polemic during the Brexit debate reaching unprecedented levels. Both Vote Leave and Remain have thrown the NHS into the spotlight as part of their campaigning. Whilst one side would have you believe that Brexit is the only hope for a failing health service, the other predict an apocalyptic end for the NHS if Britain were to vote to leave the EU on Thursday. Continue reading

Britain benefits from free movement

Voters often cofree-movementnfuse internal and external EU migration, mistakenly assuming that a Brexit would better prevent non-EU nationals from ‘sneaking in’. Hugo Dixon, Chairman and Editor-in-chief of InFacts.org, thinks it won’t. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy.

The Treaty of Rome, which set up the forerunner to the EU, enshrined what are known as the ‘four freedoms’: free movement of goods, services, capital and people. This is one of the most important charters for freedom the world has ever seen. In Britain, there is little controversy over the first three freedoms. But free movement of people is the subject of heated debate. If Britain ultimately votes to quit the EU, a desire to curb immigration will probably be the main reason.

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