Parliamentary questions

Department for Exiting the European Union | Doctors: Migrant Workers

Date of question: 20.02.2018
Alex Sobel MP
"To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on retaining the services of doctors working in the NHS who originate from other EU countries after the UK leaves the EU."
"I have regular discussions with my Cabinet colleagues on the issues relating to the UK’s exit from the European Union, including on citizens’ rights.

We deeply value the contribution of all 150,000 EU citizens working in our health and care sector, they are vital to ensuring the effective delivery of services. Safeguarding the rights of EU citizens who are currently living in the UK, and ensuring reciprocal protections for UK nationals living in the EU was our first priority for negotiations.

It is a commitment we have delivered. The agreement reached in December will secure the status of EU nationals working in our health and care system, including doctors, meaning they will be able to stay and enjoy broadly the same rights and benefits as they do now. This includes the continued recognition of qualifications obtained by EU doctors and nurses who are resident or frontier working in the UK when we leave."
Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Exiting the European Union)
"I have regular discussions with my Cabinet colleagues on the issues relating to the UK’s exit from the European Union, including on citizens’ rights.

We deeply value the contribution of all 150,000 EU citizens working in our health and care sector, they are vital to ensuring the effective delivery of services. Safeguarding the rights of EU citizens who are currently living in the UK, and ensuring reciprocal protections for UK nationals living in the EU was our first priority for negotiations.

It is a commitment we have delivered. The agreement reached in December will secure the status of EU nationals working in our health and care system, including doctors, meaning they will be able to stay and enjoy broadly the same rights and benefits as they do now. This includes the continued recognition of qualifications obtained by EU doctors and nurses who are resident or frontier working in the UK when we leave."

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