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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Hammersmith

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report, Leak reveals worst case scenario for nursing after Brexit, published by the Health Service Journal on 6 April 2017, what modelling his Department has conducted on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on NHS staffing levels.

Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Hammersmith

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report, Leak reveals worst case scenario for nursing after Brexit, published by the Health Service Journal on 6 April 2017, whether (a) he and (b) other Ministers of his Department had sight of the modelling by his Department referenced in that report before that report was published.

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

It has been the policy of successive Governments not to comment on specific leaks and the Government takes such incidents very seriously. Leaks are investigated thoroughly and effectively, with established policies and procedures in place.

Notwithstanding this, the Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels across the National Health Service, and we are working across Government to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high quality services on which patients rely following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Our overall programme of work is comprehensive, thorough and continuously updated.

Our plans include working with NHS and social care employers to ensure that the 167,000 EU nationals working across health and care are aware of the straightforward and user friendly EU settlement scheme which will allow them to secure long-term status in the UK and enjoy broadly the same rights and benefits as they do now.

From the NHS Digital monthly Hospital and Community Health Service workforce statistics, as at June 2018, there are over 4,300 more EU27 nationals working in the NHS and clinical commissioning group’s since the referendum.

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