Leaving the EU: No Deal

Part of Leaving the Eu: No Deal – in the House of Commons at 4:59 pm on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Matt Rodda Matt Rodda Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses) 4:59 pm, 19th December 2018

The Minister is being very gracious in giving way to a large number of Members. He mentioned many different sectors and has referred to many colleagues’ questions about them. My question is about the health service and in particular my local hospital, the Royal Berks in Reading. Some 12.5% of the staff of the hospital come from the EU, including many doctors, nurses and other clinicians. They are seriously concerned about the prospect of no deal, and, at a time when the NHS is losing many valuable staff, recruitment and retention are a serious issue for the service. It is facing its greatest winter crisis for many years. Surely the Minister can look into this issue and provide greater reassurance. Ultimately I believe that it is the most overwhelming argument for the Government to reject the prospect of no deal.