A failed surgery… Independance Day

Vet Student Operating

I live and study in Slovakia, my girlfriend is Polish, and I am British. This was all possible because of the EU. I’ve worked with orangutans in Hungary, Dolphins in Germany, Tigers in Slovakia, Penguins in Austria, and dogs and cats in France. This was because of the EU – I can travel freely within Europe, I can live in Europe, I can study in Europe.

Did you know that some countries do not charge tuition fee’s like the UK? Or that in some countries tuition fees are considerably cheaper than the UK. In fact until yesterday mine worked out around £6000 a year… With the cheap living costs of eastern Europe I am saving thousands a year of student loans and grants that are “normal” in the UK. What’s more, I am doing this only because I couldn’t get the support I needed to study in the UK.

Did you know the only time I ever queued to enter a country was when I came home to the UK… Yes, every country welcomed me with open boarders, yet I had to request permission to enter my own country.

Sadly today all these opportunities have been taken away from other young people.

Why?

Because the government chose not to include the EU in the education that people receive in schools in the UK – unless off course you are able to afford private school. Why is this important?

When I step up to the operating table I must be confident – I must know the surgery, I must know the complications, and I must know the anatomy. I must know the tissue techniques – how I can access what I need – and how I can put it back together again to restore function. I must know the instruments and techniques for the tissues I am working with – suturing a spleen is different to suturing skin. I must know the drugs I can use – and those that I should avoid – and the reasons for this. Before I step to the operating table I will try to find as much information as I can – xrays, ultrasounds, CT, MRI, blood tests, biopsies…

Now the government chose to stand you at the operating table – with the simple choice of removing or leaving the EU. They tried to scare you that the patient would die if the EU was removed because it was the heart. They scared you that the patient would die if it was left because it was stealing all the bodies energy. What did you do? What was the right decision?

Well that patient is now in intensive care and no one knows how to treat them. Not because of you or your decision. Because the government decided not to prepare you. Because you did not receive the education you deserve or required to be at that operating table.

The government failed you. It failed the patient.

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