NHS: Foreign Nationals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of staff in the NHS are non-EU citizens.

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

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The NHS Digital monthly HCHS workforce statistics show that:

- In England, there are 79,982 non-European Union National Health Service staff, which is 6.6% of the total workforce as at 31 March 2018, headcount; and

- In England, there are 73,281 NHS staff, which is 6.1% of the total workforce that have not disclosed their nationality in the NHS staff records as at 31 March 2018, headcount.

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