'Future workforce needs must be addressed in post-Brexit policies'

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Speaking before the Health Select Committee yesterday (21 February), Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, told MPs that future workforce needs must be addressed in post-Brexit policies to ensure the sustainability of the health and social care system.

The cross-party panel is examining the potential impact leaving the EU could have on the health and care sector.

Danny reiterated the evidence, messages and concerns raised in the Cavendish Coalition’s submission to the committee’s Brexit inquiry last year, including the crucial contribution that EU staff make to the NHS and social care.

The Cavendish Coalition, a 33-strong group of health and social care organisations, submitted comprehensive evidence in November 2016 identifying the priority issues that need to be addressed during Brexit negotiations.

Anxiety and concern

Danny Mortimer spoke about a number of points raised in the evidence submission, including:

  • the early effects of the decision to leave the EU on health and care recruitment and retention
  • the anxiety and concern felt by EU NHS staff following the Brexit vote 
  • early evidence that some EU doctors and some non-medical staff are now considering leaving the NHS – he reiterated the Cavendish Coalition’s call for the government to give certainty to EU nationals working in the health and care sector
  • that workforce self-sufficiency is probably neither achievable or desirable in the short term
  • the Cavendish Coalition’s call for future health and care workforce needs to be taken into account in any change to the immigration system following Brexit.

Find out more

Watch the session on the Parliamentlive.tv

Download the Cavendish Coalition’s written evidence.

Find out more about the coalition.


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