Brexit: 'NHS problems caused by Theresa May failing to make guarantees for health staff from EU'

Brexit: 'NHS problems caused by Theresa May failing to make guarantees for health staff from EU'

Lord Norman Warner has criticised Theresa May

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Brexit is causing problems for the NHS because Theresa May has not guaranteed the security of EU migrants in the health service, according to a former health minister.

One in five doctors working in the NHS who are from the European Union are making plans to leave Britain following the EU referendum, according to a survey conducted by the British Medical Association.

Lord Norman Warner, who served as minister of state in the Department of Health between 2005 and 2007, told Sam Delaney: "The real problem is Theresa May has failed to give any guarantees whatsoever that all these people who are working in our NHS and who we depend upon can actually stay here working in the NHS after 2019.

"Why wouldn’t you seek safety and a secure job by going back to where you came from, or to somewhere else in the EU which will accept you?"

He believes many in the NHS have come to the conclusion "they can get a job somewhere else which gives them job satisfaction and security of tenure."

Warner claims "we depend in our NHS for about 11% of staff to come from overseas. Sixty thousand of them from the EU. Most of those doctors and nurses.

"Forty percent of our radiologists in this country in the NHS come from the EU. If they pack up, reading scans will take longer and longer and people will wait longer and longer for their diagnosis and their treatment.

"We’ve always had a problem that we’ve never trained enough doctors and nurses to be self-sufficient."

Listen to the full interview above

 

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