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Health Professions: EU Nationals

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nationals of other EU countries working in the NHS as oncologists; what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the number of such oncologists; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect on NHS productivity of that change in the number of such oncologists.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

NHS Digital publishes data on the nationality of staff working in the National Health Service in England. Nationality is self-reported within the NHS human resources and payroll system, the electronic staff record. The information is available in the following table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): HCHS Doctors by selected nationality group, by oncology specialty, in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England, as at 30 November 2016, headcount.

All nationalities

of which European Union (excluding United Kingdom)

HCHS Doctors with an oncology specialty



Clinical oncology



Medical oncology



Source: NHS Digital, NHS Hospital and Community Health Service workforce statistics. Note: Headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of components.

The November data is the most recent data available.

The potential effect on nationals and productivity of leaving the EU will be dependent on the outcome of negotiations. My Rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been clear that she wants to protect the status of EU nationals already living here. It is the Government’s aim to get the best settlement for the UK in all areas including the healthcare system.

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