145,200 NHS and adult social care workers in England risk losing their right to live and work in the UK after Brexit
Services in London, South East and East of England most vulnerable to loss of vital staff
Government should unilaterally confirm right to remain in the UK for EU residents, says TUC
The TUC has published analysis that provides a regional breakdown of where NHS and adult social care services are most reliant on workers from the EU, and claims that the government’s refusal to confirm that EU workers can stay is putting NHS patients at risk, along with older and disabled people who use social care.
The regions where services would suffer most if EU workers are no longer allowed to remain after Brexit are London (13% care workers and 9.8% NHS workers are EU migrants), the South East (10% care workers and 6.1% NHS workers), and the East of England (8% care workers and 6.0% NHS workers).
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The government is creating appalling uncertainty for thousands of NHS workers and care workers. It’s a terrible way to treat dedicated public servants. And if Brexit means they have to leave, our health and social care services will struggle to cope.
“The prime minister should guarantee EU citizens living and working in Britain the right to remain in the UK – and she should do it now, ahead of negotiations. It’s the right thing to do. And it will regain some of the goodwill Britain needs to negotiate the best possible Brexit deal.”