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Uncertain overseas recruitment is threatening care, NHS leaders warn

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 08 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5148
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Continuing uncertainty over the recruitment of staff from other countries in the wake of Brexit is threatening the provision of safe, high quality care in the NHS, hospital leaders have warned.

In a new report NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, says that domestic “quick fixes” are not an option for solving severe workforce shortages in the NHS.1 The report warns that any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years would have a “serious and damaging impact” on services.

NHS Providers criticises the Department of Health for England and its national arm’s length bodies for a …

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