NICOLA Sturgeon has called on the UK Government to “come clean” and reveal how much Brexit will cost the NHS.

The First Minister claimed millions of pounds could be lost in funding for research trials after leaving the EU.

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She also pointed to other potential dangers, such as pharmaceutical companies being told to stockpile medicine in preparation for a no-deal scenario.

Speaking ahead of her speech at the National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Surgeon said: “Far from the £350 million extra a week promised to the NHS from Brexit, there is growing evidence of mounting costs.

“It’s now time the UK Government came clean on the scale of the cost to our health service.

“The Prime Minister failed to guarantee there would be no interruption in medicine supplies after Brexit.

“This came after UK ministers published a truncated tender, at a cost of tens of millions of pounds, associated with medicines stockpiling.”

She claimed that even if a deal could be agreed the UK faced “a loss of millions of pounds in research funding which could hit clinical trials”.

“The best way to avoid this damage to the health service is to remain in the EU,” she added.

The First Minister also stated that short of remaining in the EU, staying in the customs union and single market would be the next best course of action.

The Scottish Government is doing all it can to mitigate the expected damage Brexit could cause the NHS, she claimed.