What does Brexit mean for doctors working in the UK?BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3611 (Published 30 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3611
- Tom Moberly
- BMJ Careers
Doctors from other European Union countries make a huge contribution to the NHS. One in 10 doctors registered in the United Kingdom qualified in another country in the European Union (see fig 1), and over a quarter of doctors entering the medical register each year are from other EU countries.
Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP and chair of the parliamentary health select committee, said that the effect on the workforce was the most worrying aspect of Brexit. “We have 130 000 people working in the NHS who qualified elsewhere in the EU,” she told The BMJ. “The number one priority is to make sure they still feel welcome and those who …