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NHS moves to reassure worried EU nurses

Chief Nursing Officer tells EU nurses they are 'vital' to the NHS

Mark Gould

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Professor Jane Cummings the Chief Nursing Officer for England has spoken out to reassure EU nurses working in the NHS who have raised concerns about their future in the wake of last week's Brexit vote.

In a statement, Professor Cummings said that the outcome of the referendum has, "understandably, raised a number of questions about what this will mean for people from the EU currently employed in Britain".

"I wanted to take this opportunity to confirm to all EU nurses, midwives and care assistants working in England’s health and care system that you are valued and hugely appreciated. You are an integral and vital part of the health and care family, and your skills and compassionate care directly benefit patients, families and communities," she said.

"Your vital contribution to our work together will continue; you are appreciated by me and, most of all, by those we care for," she concluded.

The Royal College of Nursing said that once there is greater clarity about how and when the UK will formally split with the EU it will take forward work to consider the impact of leaving for both nursing and the RCN, to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in future negotiations to leave the EU.

“The health service across the UK depends on the contribution of nurses from the European Union. It’s important they continue to feel valued as we enter this period of uncertainty, and the RCN will continue to offer them support as important members of the nursing team," the college said.

The GMC has stated that the vote will have no impact on the registration status of any doctor already on the register but it will have implications for the way it regulates doctors.

It is exploring how doctors from the EU will be granted access to the UK medical register and to explore implications for UK doctors wishing to work in the EU once the UK is no longer a member state.

"Much will depend on whether the principle of free movement is maintained within the treaty of withdrawal," it says.

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