Health Services: EU Nationals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to issue guidance to NHS staff on EU citizens with settled status and access to NHS care.

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

The Government has made clear that the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom on exit day will be protected, and this includes being able to access National Health Service care without charge. It should be noted that EU citizens already living in the UK on exit day have up until 31 December 2020 to apply for Settled Status, but their access to healthcare will remain the same regardless of whether they apply for Settled Status up to then. The Department has already updated operational guidance and websites with the latest information for both EU citizens who wish to access NHS healthcare upon exiting the EU to EU citizens who are NHS staff. Further guidance and information will be published in due course.

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