Responding to the claim made by the Vote Leave campaign that the NHS would benefit from a UK exit from the European Union, the country’s biggest union, Unite has said that Boris Johnson and the Brexit campaign are insulting voters and those who work in and use the NHS.
Barrie Brown Unite national officer for the NHS said:
“The idea that Boris Johnson and other right-wing Tories, and the Ukippers on the Leave campaign can be trusted with the NHS is as dangerous as it is ludicrous.
“Voters will see right through the claims made by leading figures in the very party that has systematically starved the NHS of funds, caused chaos and destroyed staff morale.
“The idea that they will somehow change their approach and put a single extra penny into the NHS, that they have spent their political lives hammering, is nonsense.
“Stop insulting NHS staff and patients and stop taking voters for fools.
“The NHS is our most precious institution. It was built to improve our lives and it thrives because people believe that only in working together can we succeed. It is the very opposite to what the Leave campaign stands for. They should get their hands off our NHS.”
The head of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot, has told the Vote Leave campaign that its continued claims that the UK sends £350 million to Brussels a week are “potentially misleading”.
For more information please contact Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.