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NHS Trusts: EU Nationals

Department of Health written question – answered on 5th July 2017.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from NHS trusts on the recruitment of EU nationals since 23 June 2016.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from NHS trusts on the residency rights of EU nationals.

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

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State holds regular discussions with all National Health Service trusts throughout the year on a broad range of issues, including workforce.

The Secretary of State is committed to ensuring that the NHS and social care system have the nurses, midwives, doctors, carers and other health professionals that it needs.

On Monday 26 June the Government published “The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union: safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU”. The policy paper outlines how the Government intends to protect the rights of EU27 citizens in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the EU.

As Brexit negotiations continue the Department and its arm’s length bodies will continue to support the health system’s preparation for Brexit to ensure the NHS is able to deliver the services that patients rely on.

The Department is undertaking analysis of overall staffing levels across the NHS as a result of Britain’s exit from the EU and the future immigration system, as part of our workforce planning.

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