NHS and Social Services: Migrant Workers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on levels of staffing in (a) NHS bodies, (b) care homes, and (c) other social care services of a potential decrease in net migration from other EU countries in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels in the health and social care sectors and we have been monitoring leaver and joiner rates of European Union staff on a regular basis since the 2016 referendum. We are not complacent and have plans in place to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high-quality services on which the public relies. Our overall programme of work is comprehensive, thorough and continuously updated and will stand irrespective of the terms in which the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

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