Health experts and politicians are calling on the Government to honour Vote Leave’s promise and pledge to use cash saved from quitting the EU to increase junior doctors’ wages.
The group is highlighting claims made by top Leave campaigners during the referendum that the alleged £350m saved from leaving, could help solve the on-going doctors’ pay dispute.
Chris Grayling, now Transport Secretary, was among those suggesting the reclaimed cash could help tackle the health service’s woes.
Norman Lamb MP, former Lib Dem health minister and patron of the Vote Leave Watch group behind today’s push, said: "People who work in and depend upon our National Health Service will rightly expect this Vote Leave promise to be kept.
"Especially when so many of Vote Leave’s senior figures are now members of the Government. The Chancellor has a golden opportunity at his Autumn Statement to keep the promises they made to the British people."
Vote Leave Watch chair and Labour MP Chuka Umunna added that junior doctors, who are in talks with the Government, deserve to be better paid.
He said: “Reaching a settlement on pay would be a huge boost for them, and would allow everyone to focus on serving patients instead of this bitter industrial dispute."
Professor Martin McKee of the Healthier In campaign said: "Vote Leave could not have been clearer. They promised that leaving the EU would free up £350m for the NHS. Now that many of them are in Government, and at a time when the NHS is really struggling, we must hold them to their commitments."
In one Vote Leave press release, Mr Grayling had argued that a seven-day NHS service promised by ministers would be "so much easier to pay for" if the UK took back the £350m a week which Leavers claimed was given to the EU and instead spent it on British priorities.
What experts have said about Brexit
What experts have said about Brexit
1/11 Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond
The Chancellor claims London can still be a world financial hub despite Brexit “One of Britain’s great strengths is the ability to offer and aggregate all of the services the global financial services industry needs” “This has not changed as a result of the EU referendum and I will do everything I can to ensure the City of London retains its position as the world’s leading international financial centre.”
2/11 Yanis Varoufakis
Greece's former finance minister compared the UK relations with the EU bloc with a well-known song by the Eagles: “You can check out any time you like, as the Hotel California song says, but you can't really leave. The proof is Theresa May has not even dared to trigger Article 50. It's like Harrison Ford going into Indiana Jones' castle and the path behind him fragmenting. You can get in, but getting out is not at all clear”
3/11 Michael O’Leary
Ryanair boss says UK will be ‘screwed’ by EU in Brexit trade deals: “I have no faith in the politicians in London going on about how ‘the world will want to trade with us’. The world will want to screw you – that's what happens in trade talks,” he said. “They have no interest in giving the UK a deal on trade”
4/11 Tim Martin
JD Wetherspoon's chairman has said claims that the UK would see serious economic consequences from a Brexit vote were "lurid" and wrong: “We were told it would be Armageddon from the OECD, from the IMF, David Cameron, the chancellor and President Obama who were predicting locusts in the fields and tidal waves in the North Sea"
5/11 Mark Carney
Governor of Bank of England is 'serene' about Bank of England's Brexit stance: “I am absolutely serene about the … judgments made both by the MPC and the FPC”
6/11 Christine Lagarde
IMF chief urges quick Brexit to reduce economic uncertainty: “We want to see clarity sooner rather than later because we think that a lack of clarity feeds uncertainty, which itself undermines investment appetites and decision making”
7/11 Inga Beale
Lloyd’s chief executive says Brexit is a major issue: "Clearly the UK's referendum on its EU membership is a major issue for us to deal with and we are now focusing our attention on having in place the plans that will ensure Lloyd's continues trading across Europe”
8/11 Colm Kelleher
President of US bank Morgan Stanley says City of London ‘will suffer’ as result of the EU referendum: “I do believe, and I said prior to the referendum, that the City of London will suffer as result of Brexit. The issue is how much”
9/11 Richard Branson
Virgin founder believes we've lost a THIRD of our value because of Brexit and cancelled a deal worth 3,000 jobs: We're not any worse than anybody else, but I suspect we've lost a third of our value which is dreadful for people in the workplace.' He continued: "We were about to do a very big deal, we cancelled that deal, that would have involved 3,000 jobs, and that’s happening all over the country"
10/11 Barack Obama
US President believes Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU: "It is absolutely true that I believed pre-Brexit vote and continue to believe post-Brexit vote that the world benefited enormously from the United Kingdom's participation in the EU. We are fully supportive of a process that is as little disruptive as possible so that people around the world can continue to benefit from economic growth"
11/11 Kristin Forbes
American economist and an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England argues that the economy had been “less stormy than many expected” following the shock referendum result: “For now…the economy is experiencing some chop, but no tsunami. The adverse winds could quickly pick up – and merit a stronger policy response. But recently they have shifted to a more favourable direction”
He went on: "For example, the money at the heart of the current doctors dispute is just five per cent of our overall annual contribution.
"We shouldn't be spending billions on the EU that could make our NHS better and help deal with its current challenges."
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