Thank you for contacting me about the impact of leaving the EU on the NHS.
Over £4 billion has been provided to help government departments prepare for the UK’s exit.
I completely understand concerns regarding the impact of our withdrawal from the European Union on foreign nationals working in the NHS. That is why I welcome the Government’s repeated commitment that all EU nationals working in the UK at the time of exit will be able to remain in the country with the same rights as they enjoy today. What is more, the Government has confirmed they will be able to do this without charge.
The latest NHS workforce statistics show that the proportion of the NHS workforce made up by EU nationals has risen to 6 per cent, up from 3 per cent in 2012.
I welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that NHS and care workers will be exempted from the Immigration Health Surcharge as soon as possible, as a testament to their inspirational work throughout this crisis, which will be most welcome for health and care workers from inside the EEA who have moved to the UK since we left the European Union. I will continue to monitor this issue closely as more details emerge.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP