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Report highlights potential staffing crisis

28 Apr 2017

A report from the Health Committee is urging the Department of Health to comprehensively plan for Brexit.

Government report

The “Report on Brexit and Health and Social Care” calls for a list of issues that require contingency planning and for health concerns to be “front and centre of the British negotiating priorities”. In particular it identifies workforce retention and recruitment and reciprocal health care agreements as areas of concern.

Commenting on the report, Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “Theresa May has been told by this cross-party group that failing to give EU nursing staff and others the right to stay will harm the NHS. The report leaves the Government with no place left to turn.

“In this election, all political parties must reassure EU nursing staff working in the NHS and social care that they are needed, valued and welcome. The failure to do so means soaring numbers are heading for the door. We can ill-afford to lose their skills.”

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