Patients need protecting in event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Patients need protecting in event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit

The RCN warns patient safety could be put at risk if EU nurses aren’t guaranteed settled status should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

Last month (August), the Government released ‘no-deal’ Brexit advice for a variety of industries, including health care. While Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s letter on the subject recognised the “valuable contribution EU citizens make to the UK”, no guarantees were made for the rights of EU workers.

This is while NHS workforce figures, also released today, reveal that nurse numbers have plummeted still further. The RCN has warned that patient care must remain a priority in any Brexit outcome. Losing valued EU colleagues would put further pressures on our overstretched and understaffed health services and, for as long as the UK fails to train enough health care professionals of its own, recruiting from Europe and the wider world must be as easy as possible.

 

Read more of this RCN news article here.

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