I am yet to make up my mind on how to vote on 23rd June.
While the heart says a “No” vote will be good for Britain’s long term future, brain points to the uncertainty involved, at least in the short-term.
Over the next coming weeks, the plan is to go through the pros and cons of each topic and reach a decision; my personal decision on how to vote.
OK then; the first item in the list is from “Vote Leave” to vote out and re-allocate UK’s EU contribution to NHS.
I think this is just an eye wash argument of Vote Leave campaign.
After a quick look, it is easy to vote in support of EU, based only on this topic.
Look at the facts on the table:
- Per BBC, UK’s net contribution (after removing what UK gets back) is approx. £8.39 billion per year.
- Per NHS website, “for 2015/16, the overall NHS budget was around £116.4 billion. NHS England is managing £101.3 billion of this.”
I agree £8.4b is a lot of money; that’s approx. 9% boost to NHS, if the entire amount is re-allocated (which, will not happen) to NHS. it could solve a number of current open issues. Improve front-line services, decrease waiting times, employ more doctors/nurses instead of forcing junior doctors to work long hours; list is endless.
I also agree NHS is close to Britain’s heart and conscience.
That said, even if we re-allocate the entire UK contribution to NHS, it is only a fraction of NHS budget. Comparing this with the benefits UK receives as investment in UK Research and Developments, I think it is safer to say that being in Europe appears to be have more benefits than a monitory boost to NHS.
So, after the first discussion, it is 1-0 in favour of EU.
What is your opinion?