Vote Leave blames junior doctors dispute on the European Union

Jeremy Hunt let off lightly by latest bizarre claim by the Brexiters


Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign, has said the dispute over new contracts for junior doctors would be easier to resolve if Britain left the EU.

In the latest bizarre claim from the leave camp, the group said junior doctors’ strikes could be avoided were Britain outside the EU, because we could use the money spent on EU membership to fund better wages for junior doctors.

As Politics Home reports:

Brexit campaigner and leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling argued it would be ‘so much easier’ to pay for the government’s promised ‘fully functioning’┬áseven-day-NHS if Britain left the EU.

‘We shouldn’t be spending billions on the EU that could make our NHS better and help deal with its current challenges,’ he said in a statement.

Labour MP and Vote Leave chair Gisela Stuart said:

‘A small fraction of the money that the EU takes from us each year could be used to give junior doctors the pay settlement they are looking for and end these damaging strikes.’

Who knew the current Tory goverment was so keen to invest in public services, and would do so were it not held back by the EU membership fee?

Or that health secretary Jeremy Hunt would be more willing to negotiate with the British Medical Association if only his hands were not tied by Brussels?

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