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Brexit uncertainty is unsettling EU doctors working in UK

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 25 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2349
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

The question is not just whether they can work in the UK but whether they will want to, finds Bryan Christie

Thomas Robertson worries about his future. The consultant anaesthetist at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee is an EU migrant. He trained in Germany, worked in Spain, and has now made his home in Scotland. He believes he will be able to stay in the UK after Brexit, but the process has been so unsettling that he and thousands of other doctors from other EU countries are facing a bigger question: will they want to?

Doctors who qualified in other European countries made up 9% of those on the UK medical register in 2017, GMC data show.1

A BMA survey of 1720 doctors from other European Economic Area (EEA) countries working in the UK carried out at the end of last year found that almost half (45%) were considering leaving as a result of the referendum vote.2 At the same time, uncertainty exists about the rights of more EU medical professionals …

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