RCSEd Urges Government to give EU Staff Reassurance

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27 Feb 2017

Responding to the BMA’s survey of doctors from the European Economic Area working in the UK which found that almost half are considering leaving as a result of the EU referendum. Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said:

“Around 10,000 doctors who work in the NHS qualified in the EEA. They make a huge contribution to delivering high quality care to patients throughout the UK. It is vital that Government, patients and the NHS recognise the anxiety European colleagues feel at present. We need to provide the necessary assurance that they, along with their families, are welcome and continue to have the right to live and work in the UK.

“I have recently written to the Health Secretaries in all four nations to highlight those areas we believe need to be considered as Brexit becomes a reality. The NHS is already under huge strain, so Government must reassure EU staff of their value and role as well as ensuring that the NHS can continue to recruit from the international community in the long term.”

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