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NHS’s long term future will rely on EU trained professionals, peers are told

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5920 (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5920
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Workforce experts have warned that the long term future of the NHS depends on the input of health professionals trained in the European Union, regardless of how the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Peers on the House of Lords’ NHS sustainability committee heard of the vital role played by overseas trained doctors and nurses in the NHS, during an evidence session held on 1 November for their inquiry into the long term sustainability of the NHS.

Peers asked whether the witnesses’ organisations were preparing for the UK’s decision to leave the EU and what effect this might have on the NHS workforce and possible staff shortages.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, the body that represents the …

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