NHS: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd May 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's hostile environment immigration policy on NHS recruitment.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government is in no doubt of the invaluable contribution that overseas health professionals make to the National Health Service and we will continue to welcome them in future. In a global context, as demand for more staff grows internationally, the United Kingdom’s current and historical dependence on recruitment of overseas staff is neither sustainable nor right as developing countries seek to retain their own much needed health care professionals. That is why we have announced historic increases in training places for doctors and nurses in England, to increase the domestic supply of NHS staff, reduce migration to sustainable levels and to ensure an ethical role in the growing international labour market for health professionals.

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