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No-deal Brexit: U-turn on immigration provides no stability for NHS, says BMA

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5457
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The government has been forced into a U-turn on plans to immediately end freedom of movement in a no-deal Brexit, instead returning to the previous policy of giving new EU migrants three years’ temporary leave to remain.

Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA’s council chair, said that “common sense has prevailed to a degree” but added that the new proposals would still be highly disruptive for the healthcare workforce and for the health service itself, as three years would provide no sense of stability.

He said, “Our …

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